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Toyota Recalls 87,000 Models

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On: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Toyota Recalls 87,000 Models

Well, it has been a little while since we've heard from Toyota in terms of recalls.  But, when Toyota issues a recall, they don't mess around.  They do it, and they do it big.  This time around Toyota has issued a recall of 2010 Prius models that were produced between March 31, 2009 – October 9, 2009 and 2010 Lexus HS250h models produced between June 19, 2009 – October 9, 2009 to the tune of 87,060 models in total.  It seems that these cars may have a defective brake booster pump that can leak nitrogen gas into the brake fluid.  If nitrogen gets into the brake fluid, it can cause the car to brake improperly—elongating normal stopping distances without warning, which could result in a very hazardous condition to both driver and other motorists and/or pedestrians.  

Toyota will begin its recall next month free of charge. Owners may call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Read on for the full report...

Report Receipt Date: JUN 05, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V235000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 87,060
Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


SUMMARY:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 Prius vehicles manufactured March 31, 2009, through October 9, 2009; and model year 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles manufactured June 19, 2009, through October 9, 2009. Nitrogen gas from a component of the brake booster pump assembly could leak into the brake fluid.

CONSEQUENCE:
As nitrogen is released into the brake fluid, the brake pedal may have reduced hydraulic pressure. Under certain circumstances, this condition could affect stopping distance and increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected brake booster pump assemblies. The recall is expected to begin in late July 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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