Toyota has today announced a global recall on the latest, third-generation Prius built before 27 January 2010.
The recall is being taken in response to reports from customers that under certain braking conditions, such as when hitting a bump, pothole or low grip surface, they notice a change in the braking feeling. This change in braking feeling is due to the specific set-up of the anti-lock braking system on the third-generation Prius.
The 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.
The Prius is equipped with two braking systems which are designed to work together, a conventional hydraulic system and an electric system. A change in software in the anti-locking brake control system was made on Prius production from late January 2010. This change was made to offer a more consistent braking feeling under these specific circumstances.
In keeping with VOSA’s code of practice, Toyota will write individually to every owner or keeper in the next few days having obtained their contact details from the DVLA. This will involve 8,500 cars in the UK.
To date, there have been no accidents linked to this issue reported in Europe, and no other Toyota or Lexus models are affected by this latest recall action in Europe.
Toyota is reassuring owners that in the meantime the cars are safe to drive – at no time are drivers without brakes. Customers who have any questions or concerns should phone Toyota Customer Relations on 0800 1388 744 or visit
Green-Car-Guide.com urges all its visitors to maintain a sense of calm about this issue. We’ve had two third-generation Prius test cars, and the braking performance of both was perfectly normal. Whereas we’ve also had many other cars where the ABS system doesn’t work particularly well on loose surfaces such as gravel or metal surfaces such as pothole covers. The BMW X1 that we tested recently had very poor braking performance on snow and ice, however there is no suggestion that BMW should be recalling the X1 and applying a fix to the ABS.
It’s unfortunate that the Prius braking issue has come at the same time as the accelerator pedal safety recall. The recall is being carried out because there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position.
The accelerator pedal recall applies to the Aygo (not versions with manual gearbox), Feb 2005 – Aug 2009; iQ, Nov 2008 – Nov 2009; Yaris, Nov 2005 – Sep 2009; Auris, Oct 2006 – 5 Jan 2010; Corolla, Oct 2006 – Dec 2009; Verso, Feb 2009 – 5 Jan 2010; and Avensis, Nov 2008 – Dec 2009.
Toyota became aware of the first, isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedals in North America in late October 2009.
Despite all of the above, Green-Car-Guide recommends that people should keep in perspective that Toyota has an excellent reputation for build quality, reliability and good customer service.
Keywords: Toyota Prius Brakes Recall, anti-lock braking system, third-generation Prius, software upgrade, accelerator pedal recall.