Toyota Prius recall
10th February 2010
Toyota has initiated a global safety recall campaign on its current
generation Prius vehicles. Current generation Prius commenced being sold in
Australia in July 2009 and the recall affects 2,378 Prius vehicles sold in
Australia. Globally a total of about 400,000 vehicles are involved in the
recall - in Japan, the United States, Europe and in other regions.
Toyota has commenced contacting owners via mail this week and has directed
it's dealer network to make personal contact with each owner to ensure each
Prius owner is aware and has the recall action performed promptly. The
recall repairs can be performed at any authorised Toyota dealer and will be
at no cost to the owner.
The recall is being taken in response to
reports of inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady braking on certain
road conditions such as a pot hole, bumpy or slippery road surfaces when the
ABS is activated. The brake pedal feel may not be consistent, but the brakes
will continue to operate. There have been a total of 111 cases reported
globally, two in Australia.
The recall entails a change to the ABS
management program of the vehicle's Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in order
to improve response time. The procedure will take approximately one hour
using standard test equipment in use at all authorised Toyota dealers.
There have been no accidents linked to this issue reported in Australia.
No other Toyota or Lexus models in Australia are affected by this recall.
Toyota has emphasised this issue is not related to the recent
accelerator pedal recall in North America, Europe and China. Vehicles sold
or built in Australia are not affected by that recall.
also clarified that the locally made Hybrid Camry launched this week in
Australia is not affected, and will be available to customers later this
month on schedule.
Owners of vehicles affected by this action in
Australia should contact their local Toyota Authorised Dealer to arrange for
repairs to be made.