All third-generation Prius models built before 29 January have been recalled; 8500 UK cars affected
9 February 2010

Toyota has announced a global recall of its third-generation Prius due to a brake software problem.

The recall applies to all Prius models built before 27 January 2010 and will affect around 8500 cars in the UK. So far, there haven’t been any reported problems in Europe with brakes in Prius models.

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In a statement, Toyota said: “The recall is being taken in response to reports of inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady braking on bumpy or slick road surfaces when the anti-lock braking system [ABS] is actuated.

“This recall will consist of a software upgrade in the anti-lock braking system. The procedure will be carried out free of charge and will take approximately 40 minutes using standard test equipment in use at all authorised Toyota service centres.”

Toyota will write to all affected owners within the next few days. Any concerned owners can contact 0800 1388 744 for more information.

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9 February 2010


I was hoping that Toyota's newest problem would cause actual failure of the brakes, so that we could put that oaf Cropley in a 5.7L Sequoia and send him off through a series of downhill S-bends to see how he copes with no stop pedal and a stuck-open throttle.

But really now, "inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady braking on bumpy or slick road surfaces" on your Prius? Hardly the stuff of soiled underwear.

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