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Toyota Motor Company has announced a voluntary recall of certain Prius V vehicles to repair a control mechanism in the exhaust system.
Toyota is calling the program a “service campaign,” and will be replace weak actuators in the exhaust heat recovery system that have been causing engine coolant leaks. In the event of a coolant leak, the car will switch into safe mode which allows it to operate only on electric power.
About 28,000 Prii are affected worldwide, with 20,000 of those being the Prius V which we get here in America.
Although the Prius has enjoyed some good sales numbers, it has also been recalled in the past for other issues. Hopefully this issue can be resolved easily, as Toyota is finally getting over the bad wrap it got over the unintended acceleration accusations, and does not need more bad press over recalls.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
Toyota has announced it will recall 650,000 Prius models to replace the water pump. Technically, this is not actually a recall as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) isn’t involved and it is not deemed to be a safety issue.
Toyota will, however, contact owners of affected cars (dating from the 2004 to 2007 model years) starting in December to replace the coolant pump free of charge.
According to Toyota, the design of the pump could cause air bubbles to built up inside, resulting in a loss of cooling and diminished power from the engine.
The majority of recalled cars (378,000 of them) are in the U.S.
[Source: Automotive News]
Toyota‘s popular Prius model is now officially under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for potentially faulty brakes. In a statement released by the NHTSA, it said it will launch a formal investigation into whether the popular hybrid has a brief loss of braking capability when traveling over bumpy or icy roads.
This announcement may, however, be a moot point as Toyota has already admitted to knowing there was a problem with the brakes on the 2010 Prius (a model previously unaffected by any of Toyota’s other recalls). Toyota has said it knew of a problem that caused a brief loss of braking during the transition from the car’s regenerative braking (which serves to power-up the car’s hybrid battery) to its traditional friction braking. Toyota refers to this as “slight unresponsiveness” and says it usually lasts less than a second.
The NHTSA has received over 100 complaints about the Prius’s brakes, including four where crashes resulted.
Toyota has said the issue has been solved on all models produced since late January but has yet to issue a recall for all 2010 models built and sold before that point. The NHTSA’s investigation is likely to ensure a recall.
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2010 Pirus model could be part of new Toyota recall
After pressure from the U.S. and Japanese governments, Toyota has admitted that there was an issue with the brakes on the all-new 2010 Prius hybrid. Over 100 complaints about braking related issues have been reported to the NHTSA and roughly a dozen such reports to the authorities in Japan.
According to Toyota, Prius models sold before the end of January have an electrical defect whereby there is a brief loss of braking during the transition from the car’s regenerative braking (which serves to power-up the car’s hybrid battery) to its traditional friction braking. This only occurred when braking on icy or bumpy roads. Toyota refers to this as “slight unresponsiveness” and says it usually lasts less than a second.
The automaker has corrected the problem on all Prius models built since the end of January but has not issued a recall for consumers. A recall is being considered.
The 2010 Prius is not currently covered under any of Toyota’s recalls, while the 2004-09 model is covered under the floormat recall.
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