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Toyota Recalls 437,000 Hybrid Priuses

From a mixed emotioned Reuters:

Toyota adds new Prius to global recall list

By Nobuhiro Kubo And John Crawley

February 9, 2010

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said it would call in nearly half a million new Prius and other hybrid cars for braking problems, the third recall in a spiraling safety crisis at the world’s biggest carmaker.

U.S. authorities stepped up scrutiny of Toyota, whose reputation was already on the line over fixes to more than 8 million vehicles worldwide for slipping floormats and sticky accelerator pedals.

Toyota on Tuesday ended days of speculation and recalled more than 400,000 hybrid models, including the latest version of its iconic Prius, to rectify a problem with the regenerative brakes that help charge the cars’ electric batteries.

The move came a day before Toyota’s North America head Yoshimi Inaba was due to testify about the recall process to Congress before the House Oversight Committee in Washington…

Toyota also faces potential litigation over 19 deaths and numerous injuries in crashes linked to the acceleration problems as well as class-action lawsuits over the brake problems with the Prius.

Shares in Toyota, which lost about a fifth of their value since late January, closed up 2.9 percent as the market welcomed signs that the problems were finally being addressed.

But the carmaker faces long-term fallout from the crisis, analysts said.

"The wave of media and government attention will not subside quickly, with lasting damage now looking unavoidable," said IHS Global Insight analyst Paul Newton.

Toyota is likely to lose over 10,000 sales for both January and February, Newton predicted.

The effects in the coming months will depend on how quickly Toyota can get a fix into production," he said. "The longer-term effects from lost sales to younger buyers could be much more serious, however," he added.

The latest model Prius is sold in some 60 countries and is a hugely important model for Toyota, which is betting on the hybrid to maintain its lead in low-emission vehicles. The Prius was Japan’s top-selling car last year, a first for a hybrid

Toyota said it was recalling a total of 437,000 units of its 2010 Prius, Sai, Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid) and Lexus HS250h hybrids globally, including 155,000 in North America, 223,000 in Japan and 53,000 in Europe.

Toyota said repairs to fix the problem would take around 40 minutes per car and, in the meantime, pressing hard on the brake pedal would stop the vehicle.

Some owners of the third-generation Prius have complained that on bumpy roads and ice, the brakes seem to slip and the car lurches forward before the traditional brakes engage…

If Toyota and other car makers think they have problems now.

Wait until individuals and governments start suing them for their contributions to ‘global warming.’

Even making Priuses is not going to help them from the true ‘environmentalists.’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Toyota Recalls 437,000 Hybrid Priuses”

  1. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The only thing green about a hybrid car is how much more money you pay to do your part for the environment.

  2. proreason says:

    I’m just thankful that these massive Toyota recalls didn’t happen when BushHitler was CEO of Government Motors instead of the boy king.

    Because if the evil Bush was in charge, you would have to wonder about the sudden aggressiveness toward the company that is greatest threat to the UAW’s platinum plated lifetime pensions.

    But with the golden child benevolently wielding his scepter over GM, we can be assured that the savage attack on the best automile maker the world has ever known is strictly on the up and up.

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    PR, I thought Honda made the best cars. I almost never see them brought in for anything except an oil change.

    • proreason says:

      12, you could be right. They are both great manufacturers.

      I have a 9 year old Honda that has never required a single repair other than routine maintenance. I had a Toyota that was the same way.

      Before that we had American and German cars. No contest between them and Honda / Toyota.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    1980 Toyota 4×4 Pickup
    484,000 miles
    Repairs to date: (1) alternator (1) radiator (1) master cylinder; (1) tune up – no kidding. (1) set of belts; (1) set of front disc pads, not rotors, not yet; rear drum brakes still 40%. Plugs, filters, oil. And folks … that’s it. Rusty as hell around rear fender wells but the damn thing won’t die and won’t rattle. My ‘go backcountry’ truck. Because I KNOW I’m coming back in that one. And when I say backcountry, I mean Canyonlands. Where not coming back means you be dead.

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    They just don’t make em’ like they used too. That’s a sad fact. I hate to sound like a fatalist but I don’t think Detroit has any intention of pulling their head outta’ their you know what, to build a better car. Most cars these days only seem to last for about five to seven years and then they start to fall apart. It’s like they’re engineered to slowly self destruct.

  6. U NO HOO says:

    Isn’t there, or wasn’t there, an FMVSS that required two modes (read two return springs) of accelerator return to idle?

    And what the heck is the deal with adding friction to the accelerator linkage anyway?

    Just asking.

  7. joeblough says:

    This couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that the gov’t is now running GM … could it?

  8. TwilightZoned says:

    Toyota has been riding on their reputation since at least 2005 when the drive by wiring began causing engine hesitation that hasn’t been totally taken care of. I got stuck with a hesitating 2005 Highlander Toyota said operated normally. I had to show the dealership the TSB before they would even acknowledge there was a problem and try to fix it. Toyota was telling customers “the car needed to get used to your driving habits.” This was nation wide. How ludicrious! Toyota never was able to fix it. I unloaded the thing one year later at a $500 loss shortly after a highway passing incident where a 2 second hesitation occurred. When it kicked in I almost got whiplash the car took off so fast. Very dangerous! Toyota has known about the accelerator pedals since 2005 also but didn’t do anything until several deaths were caused. Now add in the Prius braking problems. After 21 consecutive years of Toyota loyalty, Honda has my business.

  9. bullforever says:

    no offense intended folks, but hows about Ford?

    here we all are, wishing, praying, hoping, that in some way shape or form, that we can take back our Country…yet, we own Honda, Toyota, and various other makes of vehicles?

    I sold my 2002 gubmit motors silverado truck 3 months after the boy king took over GM. I still have a 1993 dodge dynasty that I inherited from auntie when she passed away simply because it has 296K miles on it and still runs like a champ. and my pride and joy is my 2006 King Ranch edition Ford F-150 FX4.

    Ford just made a profit, depsite not taking money from the O. If we all pour our money into Ford products, and purposefully avoid GM, Chrysler, and any foriegn brands, are we not practicing what we preach? Ford has proven that they will tow to free market line. are they perfect? no…however, they are on our team…lets give them some support to let them know that we appreciate the stand that they took, and to support true free market economics. when we buy GM, or Chrysler, or Toyota, or Honda, or Nissan, of Hyudai, etc., all we are doing is giving comfort to the enemy.

    OK, now I have vented.

    • Confucius says:

      I didn’t know Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyu(n)dai were our enemies.

      From edmunds.com:

      Does “Made in America” Still Mean Anything?

      By David Boldt

      At the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, General Motors’ product czar, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, beat the GM drum with two exciting intros. … And in both cases these new products, carrying well-established domestic nameplates, will be produced overseas.

      Conversely, Japan’s Nissan occupied its Chicago stage with a bevy of Nissan-branded trucks and SUVs, most of them produced in Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi.The Mississippi plant puts food in American mouths, and the plant’s profits underwrite an increasing amount of Nissan design and engineering in the States.

      Today, some 75 years since the Model T made Ford a global monolith, the lines between domestic and foreign automakers are so blurred as to be virtually indistinguishable. A global GM is importing an Australian Holden model (the basis for the Pontiac G8) and a German Opel model (the basis for the Saturn Aura). Meanwhile, we have the omnipotent Toyota producing trucks in both Texas and Indiana, Honda with a vast presence in Ohio and Ontario, Canada and the Koreans opening plants in both Alabama (Hyundai) and Georgia (Kia, in 2009).

      The “American” Ford Fusion contains just 30-percent U.S./Canadian content, whereas the competing “Japanese” Honda Accord contains 70 percent, Nissan Altima 65 percent and Toyota Camry 80 percent.

      Conversely, the all-new Toyota Tundra (engineered in the U.S. and produced at Toyota’s newest manufacturing facility in San Antonio, Texas) is as wholly American as any Japanese vehicle has been to date. …


  10. U NO HOO says:

    We bought a Ford Fusion, made in Mexico, Senor.

  11. GetBackJack says:

    BF – also have a 2006 Ford Taurus SE which is a gem. Best sedan I’ve ever had. Love it. I may buy only Ford from now on … their 2010 Taurus is a killer.

    But I’ve also had a Honda Civic (1989) which was a rocket ship, more legroom than a Chevrolet sedan, and got 40mpg in town. Ran all the way to Vegas and back (1,000 miles) at or above 100 mph in late July and it ran like a top … in 2008, which means it was 18 years old.

    And a 1970.5 Camaro SS 396 … which was an astonishing car. Fanfreakingtastic. And a 1960 TR3A. A 1964 VW camper. A 1957 Chevy Bel Air for $75. A 1974 Datsun B-210. Several Ford F-series (Great trucks with the six and three speed). A Beretta. A Ford XL Bronco (1985). A T-Bird. 2 Mercedes C class. And my all time fav … 1969 Toyota FJ40 converted to a Chevy 350.

    Car companies are global. I drive now, what works. And btw – for all the Prius haters? My rental experience was fantastic … over I-70s highest passes in winter with nary a problem, great ride, great acceleration, pulled Vail Pass and Eisenhower like a bull and still got close to 70mpg overall on an 800 miles round trip from ‘out here’ to Denver and back. Great legroom and great handling. Marvelous car.

  12. bullforever says:

    appreciate the education. Been part of SnL for a long time and have to admit, I am actually shocked by the reponses. I do appreciate learning that that our auto industry has be supplanted by foriegn companies, but that some people here think that Honda or Toyota are more American simply because more parts were made here is a surprising revelation.

    so if only 30% of Ford components are north american made, and 60-70% of Honda components are Honda made, is this not indicative of what is wrong? should we not look at where the profits go to determine the root of the issue? Should I think of Honda as more American than Ford simply because they use more domestically produced parts? Is this not the very definition of a silent take over of our sovereignty, at least from a free market perspective? What happens after that is complete? Once our incomes are completely dependent upon foreign entities, are not the rest of our freedoms?

    I suppose I am being melodramatic, and I do get the global nature of things…maybe I am just more of a radical than I thought. Enjoy your honda and toyota an nissan. I’ll stick to my Ford

    • Confucius says:

      I don’t understand the problem.

      Is the American consumer the problem? No one is forcing Americans into buying Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans or Hyundais. Or Mercedes, BMWs and Jaguars. (Unlike our current government who wants to force us into buying health insurance under the threat of imprisonment and fines.)

      And speaking of consumers, many Americans own these companies through stock ownership and directly benefit from the profits.

      Or is the government the problem? If America starts banning foreign entities from manufacturing and selling products in America then what is to stop China from banning Walmart, Kentucy Fried Chicken and the U.S. Treasury? And Mexico from banning Ford? And Saudi Arabia from banning Exxon?

      It seems to me these countries are as dependent on America as we are on them.

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