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  • 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid

    Honda has just announced that it will be giving some 80,000 owners of its 2006-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid an extended warranty after concerns that small cracks may form in the car’s gas tank. “The potential fuel leakage is very small from the top area of the tank where the fuel filler meets the tank,” Honda spokesman Chris Martin told The New York Times yesterday, adding that the potential leaks were not in an area “with a likely ignition source nearby.” According to a technical service bulletin sent to Honda dealers, the fuel tank cracks are likely to occur where...

  • 2001 Toyota Prius
    2001-2003 Toyota Prius Recall: Steering Nut On Early Hybrids

    Toyota has issued a recall notice for its very earliest hybrids, the 2001 through 2003 Prius sedan models. The company will replace the pinion-shaft attachment nuts in the electric power steering box, which could loosen over time if the wheel is "repeatedly and strongly turned" to the full-lock...

  • Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
    Toyota Recall Recap: Floormats, Sticky Pedals, AND User Error

    Let's recap. After 18 months, recalls totaling 9 million Toyota, Lexus, and Pontiac models, and investigations by Toyota, Congress, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unit ... what have we learned? (1) A few accelerator pedals...

  • 2009 Toyota Prius
    Toyota To Service, Not Recall, Hybrid Cooling-Pump Components

    Toyota plans to service approximately 650,000 of the more than 2 million Prius hybrids it has built to date, to correct a potential flaw in a cooling pump that could cause overheating. About 390,000 of the affected models are in the U.S. While the company hasn't yet released details on what it...

  • 2004 Toyota Prius accelerator pedal after being shortened as part of sudden-acceleration recall
    Photos: Padgett's Post-Recall Prius Pedal, Accelerator Shortened

    While the dust is now settling on a year's worth of recalls by a beleagured Toyota, the company is still working to modify millions of vehicles that are potentially involved in recalls over sudden acceleration or other safety issues. Toyota Prius models built from 2004 to 2009 are part of a recall...

  • The 2010 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius Owners Are Sensible and Level-Headed, In Other Words

    Ah, yes, it must be about time for another outburst of Prius stereotyping. Three, two, one ... there! Did you hear it? Over there, in the slightly shrill tones of the ever-shrinking but still testy New York Observer (still printed on orange paper, so Nineties)? The paper attempted to survey New...

  • Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press

    In the face of continuing suggestions that random electronic interference may be causing unintended acceleration in the Toyota Prius and other vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation has asked for independent studies on the topic from two scientific organizations. Despite multiple recalls of Toyota and Lexus vehicles for floormat interference and sticky accelerator-pedal mechanisms, as well as at least one investigation revealing driver error, questions persist over whether the causes of "unexpected acceleration" are fully identified. The DoT has asked the National Academy of Sciences...

  • 2008 Toyota Prius
    Those Two So-Called Runaway Prius Cases? Cars Not At Fault

    We thought we should provide a short update on two highly publicized so-called "runaway Toyota Prius" cases, one in San Diego and one in Harrison, New York. The reputed phenomenon of "sudden acceleration" has been debated at least since a 1986 controversy around the Audi 5000 model. But the two...

  • 2005 Toyota Prius
    The Punching Bag Hits Back: Prius Crash Was Driver Error, Toyota Says

    Few automotive engineers believe in so-called "sudden acceleration". But until recently, there's been no way to determine what a driver what doing when he (or she) swears that he was pressing the brake pedal with all his strength even as the car accelerated. Now, that's changed. Federal...

  • 2008 Toyota Prius
    The Strange Saga of Sikes and His Suddenly Accelerating Prius

    As we've noted before, so-called sudden acceleration is a confusing, messy, and very uncertain subject. Now a certain San Diego citizen seems to be caught in the cross-hairs of media scrutiny over what is and isn't technically possible in a Toyota Prius--let alone smart to do--if the driver claims...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius side
    2010 Toyota Prius Reigns As Japan Sales Champ Despite Recalls

    Unlike some of its Toyota brethren, the 2010 Prius hybrid was never pulled off sale due to recalls. But U.S. sales fell 6.1% in February anyway, against the previous month, though they rose versus February 2009, when the new 2010 model hadn't yet hit dealers. Currently, the 2010 Prius is the...

  • 2008 Toyota Prius Touring
    2004-2009 Toyota Prius Recall Will Reshape Accelerator Pedal

    Owners of Toyota's iconic Prius hybrid model who thought they'd escaped the rash of Toyota recalls need to think again. The company is working on a fix to reshape accelerator pedals so that they cannot be trapped by floor mats, and will issue details within weeks. The upcoming recall took center...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius

    Everything you need to know about the recalls affecting the 2010 Toyota Prius, and the 2004-2009 Prius too

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    RECALL: 2010 Toyota Prius, Lexus HS250h For ABS Software Update

    As expected, Toyota has announced a recall for its 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Lexus HS 250h models to update the anti-lock braking system (ABS) software. The new software improves the response time of the anti-lock system and alters its sensitivity to tire slippage. The update is intended to reduce...

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