It has been quite a ride for Toyota already this year and it is only February. Last week, just when we thought we had heard the last of the recalls from Toyota, another problem started to rear its head. Now word is spreading that the 2010 Toyota Prius models have a braking issue that feels like a loss of the brakes entirely. However, Toyota isn’t going to let this one go the way of the other two recalls recently reported in the news.
The L.A. Times reports that Toyota has sent a message Friday night to dealers informing them that there is a plan in the works for fixing the 2010 Toyota Prius models. The message came in the form of an email from the Toyota group vice president, Bob Carter. Carter said that the problems on the 2010 Toyota Prius “"has prompted considerable customer concern, speculation, and media attention due to the significance of the Prius image. We want to assure our dealers that we are moving rapidly to provide a solution for your existing customers."
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The finger is being pointed at a software glitch as the cause for the complaints of momentary brake failure. The failures reportedly occur when driving on bumpy roads or during icy conditions and have been attributed to a conflict between the regenerative breaking process and the engaging of the antilock braking system (ABS). Toyota claims that the problem has already been corrected for vehicles currently in production. However, we will have to wait until early this week to see if Toyota will announce a safety recall or simply ask the owners of the 270,000 cars to come into dealerships.
Stay tuned for more information and be sure to check out the continued coverage over at GreenCarReports.com and AllSmallCars.com.
[Source: L.A. Times]