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Toyota Issues Yet ANOTHER Recall
Toyota is in trouble once more as it issues a recall for its gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. A defect in the brake mechanics is the cause of the return this time.
About 242,000 vehicles are being recalled for this issue, including the Prius manufactured between March and October 2009 and the Lexus HS 250h produced between June and October 2009. According to the company’s statement, these model vehicles could experience greater stopping distances when braking. This is caused by a mechanical design flaw in the brake pressure accumulator, where the part could crack with fatigue and release nitrogen gas into the brake fluid.
At this point, no accidents or injuries have been caused by the defect; but Toyota is proceeding with caution, possibly because of its previous recall issues that have caused deaths and much negative attention to the company.
81,570 Prius cars and 5,030 Lexus vehicles are being recalled in the United States; 113,550 Prius models have been recalled in Japan.
For drivers who have purchased one of the problematic models, Toyota is offering a free replacement of the part with a new one. The procedure takes about three hours.
According to data provided last month, at the end of March, Toyota had sold about 5.1 million hybrid vehicles globally and 3.6 million Prius cars since they became for sale in 1997.
Toyota has recalled vehicles recently due to unintentional acceleration, which caused injuries and deaths; and after that, it recalled cars because the air bags were faulty.
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