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And Now for Another Big Toyota Recall

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Posted on Feb 9, 2010
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Toyota’s latest recall applies to “third-generation Prius models built before 27 January 2010,” according to the BBC. Above, a Prius from the 2010 model year.

Sorry, Toyota. Certainly there’ll be a slew of jokes about the automaker’s old “Oh, what a feeling!” commercials—oh, wait, too late!—now that Toyota has caught yet another tough break (sorry again) in the form of a recall of about “436,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide,” according to the BBC.  —KA

BBC:

Toyota has announced the recall of about 436,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide, including its latest Prius model, to fix brake problems.

The total includes more than 200,000 Prius cars sold in Japan and 8,500 cars in the UK.

“We have decided to recall as we regard safety for our customers as our foremost priority,” the firm said.

The company has already recalled eight million vehicles because of accelerator and floormat problems.

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By Roger, February 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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To Gilbert and Blackspeare:  If there is nothing wrong with the Prius breaking system, why did Toyota themselves admit to a “software glitch” causing a problem?

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By Gilbert LaBiaga, February 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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Many complaints of Prius drivers is somewhat the same
as mine. I drive a Japanese SUV which brake pedal feels
like it vibrates when a sudden or panic brake was
applied and when the vehicle is on slippery road etc.
This is what the manual describes it so,  the brake
system is working,

It seems that the owners forgot to read the car manual.

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By Blackspeare, February 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment

There is nothing wrong with the Prius breaking system——people just don’t know how it works.  Just like ABS feels unusual so does the Prius breaking system.  In an effort to squeeze every ounce of potential energy from the car, the Prius uses the generators to slow the car much like down-shifting.  The computer controls the alternating breaking system so to the uninitiated it feels a little funny.

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