So you thought that Toyota models only had problems with acceleration, either due to the faulty pedal or the sticking floor mat, but now it’s official: some cars, including the 2010 Prius, the JDM Sai and the Lexus HS hybrids, all have braking problems. The four-cylinder Camry also joins them, albeit from a slightly different cause, but still concerning the brakes.
First off, it seems that all of the complaints with the braking system on the Prius and its fellow hybrids were right. The new braking energy regeneration systems have impacted the stopping power of the cars on tough conditions like rain or snow. As such, 133,000 2010 model year Prius, 14,500 Lexus 2010 HS 250h and a certain number of Sai hybrids will be recalled so that their ABS systems will be modified.
“We’re committed to doing everything we can – as fast as we can – to restore consumer trust in Toyota, and these recalls are part of this effort,” Jim Lentz, COO, Toyota Motor Sales said in a release. “We regret the inconvenience this recall will cause to Prius and HS 250h owners, and will do our best with the support of our dealers to make sure that it is conducted in the most trouble-free manner possible.”
But hybrid owners aren’t the only ones with problems stopping, as 7,400 Camry models, specifically the ones equipped with the four-cylinder engine, will also be recalled, due to a power steering hose coming into contact with a brake system one, which can lead to a hole in the latter, and result in a loss of brake response.
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