Toyota Motor Corp. officially announced that it is recalling 242,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide for fixing a braking glitch. The recall affects 86,500 Toyota Prius (2010MY) and Lexus HS 250h hybrids in the United States. Apparently, the cars use a pressure accumulator that may develop a fatigue crack due to vibration, according to Toyota.
The good news is that no injuries or accidents, linked to the problem, were reported. The affected Toyota Prius models (about 233,000 units) were produced from March-October 2009, while the Lexus HS hybrid models were produced from June-October 2009. According to Toyota, the cars that were produced after October 2009 are safe as the company began using a different part then.
The first problem reported was in May 2010, said Toyota. The recall affects about 81,500 Prius and 5,000 HS sedans in the United States. The owners must take their vehicles to the dealers, where the brake booster pump will be inspected, and replaced if it has a potentially defective accumulator. No costs are involved. Moreover, the Japanese manufacturer will recall 30,000 Prius and HS hybrids in Europe and 117,000 in Japan.