Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Toyota Starts Recall on 2010 Prius & Lexus HS 250h For Brake Software


Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 133,000 2010 Model Year Prius (above) vehicles and 14,550 Lexus Division 2010 HS 250h (below) vehicles to update software in the vehicle's anti-lock brake system. Only Prius vehicles produced since May 2009 and all HS 250h vehicles are subject to this recall. No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved in this recall.

The ABS, in normal operation, engages and disengages rapidly (many times per second) as the control system senses and reacts to tire slippage. Some 2010 Model Year Prius and 2010 HS 250h owners have reported experiencing inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady application of brakes on rough or slick road surfaces when the ABS is activated in an effort to maintain tire traction.

Toyota has responded to owner concerns with a running production change for 2010 Prius that was introduced last month, improving the ABS response time, as well as the system's overall sensitivity to tire slippage. The production change for the HS 250h is planned for later this month.

2010 Camry - Power Steering Hose
Separately, Toyota will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 7,300 early production - 2010 Model Year Camry vehicles equipped with the 4 cylinder engine to inspect for a power steering hose that may be in contact with a front brake tube. This contact could lead to a hole in the brake tube and cause a brake fluid leak, increased brake pedal stroke and greater vehicle stopping distance.