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Toyota recalls Prius over brakes

Latest hybrids will get ABS software upgrade

Toyota Prius Mk3

Prius hybrid is the latest model to be recalled by Toyota

Toyota has announced a global recall of the latest , which will affect 8,500 cars in the UK.

The Japanese firm says it took the action in response to reports of inconsistent brake feel during braking on bumpy or slick road surfaces when the anti-lock braking system (ABS) is triggered.

This fix consists of an upgrade to the ABS software, and takes around 40 minutes.

Second recall in a week

Toyota says that to date, there have been no accidents in Europe linked to the issue, and that no other Toyota or Lexus models are affected.

The move comes less than a week after the company was forced to recall 180,000 UK cars over a possible fault with accelerator pedals that can stick open.

Around 436,000 Mk3 Prius models built before 27 January 2010 are affected by the latest action, which takes the number of Toyotas recalled around the world since last October to almost 9 million.

Before the Prius recall, Toyota admitted that its losses relating to the safety action would reach £1.23 billion in costs and lost sales.

Prius brakes statement

A statement issued by the firm’s UK arm said: ‘Toyota GB would like to apologise to its customers for any concern this issue has caused.

‘In keeping with VOSA’s code of practice, [we] will write individually to every owner or keeper in the next few days having obtained their contact details from the DVLA.

‘In the meantime, the cars are safe to drive. At no time are drivers without brakes.’

Toyota owners with concerns about the recall have been told to call Toyota Customer Relations on 0800 1388 744.


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