Toyota Recalls 437,000 Hybrids

Feb 09, 2010

Yesterday we posted an entry relating to software issues with Toyota Prius brake systems, with no word on how consumers would be affected.  Now Toyota has issued a massive recall to correct the problem:

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) — Toyota’s president apologized profusely Tuesday as he announced the global recall of more than 400,000 of the automaker’s 2010 hybrid models, including the popular Prius, for problems in their anti-lock braking systems.

“We do apologize for the inconvenience and concerns we’ve given to the customers,” President Akio Toyoda said in making the recall announcement from the automaker’s headquarters in Tokyo. “Quality is our lifeline for Toyota.”

The company will work to recover its customers’ trust, Toyoda said.

The automaker filed recall papers early Tuesday afternoon with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Recall papers will be filed in the United States sometime Tuesday.

The worldwide recall involves 437,000 vehicles, including the Toyota Prius and Sai, along with the Lexus HS250h. The Sai is sold primarily in Japan.

Last week, the company acknowledged a problem with the software that controls the anti-lock braking system of the 2010 Prius and said it had already corrected the problem in cars that started to roll off the assembly line in Japan last month.

As recently as Friday, Toyota said a solution was near for the 200,000 of the 2010 model year Prius vehicles that have been sold in Japan and the 103,000 sold in the United States.

The Prius is the automaker’s best-selling vehicle in Japan and its No. 4 seller in the United States.

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