Toyota recalling 378,000 Prius models in the U.S. for a coolant pump glitch

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 30, 2010

Toyota announced today that it will fix almost 378,000 Prius models in the United States for a coolant pump glitch that, according to the manufacturer, could cause the car to overheat and lose power.

The affected models were manufactured between 2004 and 2007, but the good news is that Toyota didn’t receive any reports of accidents or injuries from problems with the pump.

Toyota spokesman said that the manufacturer will replace the pumps on the Prius models sold outside of the United States as well.

Apparently, the design of the electric water pump let air bubbles enter the system, slowing coolant circulation. As a result, the car’s components heat up. In addition, if the car was left unattended, it could drop into a fail-safe mode, and the engine power would be reduced.

According to Toyota spokesman John Hanson, the automaker will start fixing the cars in early December. The largest number of the vehicles to be repaired is in California, where there are about 107,500 of the vehicles are on the road.

Moreover, Toyota will cover the cost of the repairs, including more than $100 in labor. [via autonews - sub. required]

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