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Toyota Recall

  • 2005 Toyota Prius

    Toyota has announced the recall of 2.8 million vehicles worldwide to correct a steering fault found on some models. 670,000 Toyota Prius and Corolla models in the U.S. may suffer from an issue in the steering column. The faulty component may cause a knocking or rattling from the steering column intermediate extension shafts, and could cause a reduction in steering response. Toyota says that even in such circumstances, the vehicle will remain safe to drive. There have been no accidents or fatalities as a result of the issue, and only a handful of cases have been reported. The recall affects...

  • 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    2006-2007 Lexus RX 400h, Toyota Highlander Hybrids: Recall

    Toyota will recall 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h hybrid crossovers to inspect and repair a component that could fail in the hybrid control system.

  • 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...

  • 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Engine Stalling Investigated

    While Toyota clearly hopes the worst of its recall problems are behind it, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a new investigation into an older Toyota vehicle. On February 15, the NHTSA opened an investigation into 32 complaints of engine stalling in 2006 Toyota...

  • 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...

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    Most Popular Posts of 2010: Mazda2, Prius Crashes, Leaf, Volt, and Other EVs

    We love looking back to see what's been popular over the course of a full year. And 2010 was definitely chock-full of green car news. Our 10 most popular posts this year are a little less random than last year's most popular, which featured Muslims and ethanol, urine, hybrid Ferraris, and our...

  • 2009 Toyota Prius

    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 calls a "service action," the number of vehicles suggests that the repair applies to the second-generation Prius. Those cars were built from models years 2004 through 2009. Toyota says it's not being compelled to recall the vehicles, but will do so under a new initiative to be more proactive in keeping...

  • 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...

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    Car Batteries, Diesel Golfs, Prius Crashes: What's the Link?

    Like many site editors, we read our traffic stats religiously. Perhaps unlike other site editors, ours frequently make us laugh. We try to provide practical information on navigating your way through the confusing claims made about 'green' cars, whether they're hybrids, clean diesels, or just very...

  • 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
    U.S. DoT Asks Scientists, NASA To Probe Toyota Acceleration

    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...

  • 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

    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 investigators say the latest highly publicized incident--in which a 2005 Toyota Prius in the New York City suburb of Harrison, NY, accelerated across a street and into a stone wall on March 9--appears to be the fault of the driver. Black box: No brakes, full throttle The Event Data Recorder, or "black box," in...

  • 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...

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    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
    Toyota Prius Recall Guide: Sudden Acceleration & Brake Safety

    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...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Another day, another hybrid braking problem. Only this time, it's not Toyota. It's Ford. Late yesterday, Ford announced a "customer satisfaction program" that will ask that owners of 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid models built before October 17 to bring the cars to their dealer for a free software upgrade. The fix is meant to reduce the chance that drivers will experience what feels like a loss of braking; it updates the software that controls the interplay among the cars' anti-lock brakes, regenerative brakes, and conventional friction brakes. "Different brake feel" In...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius 5dr HB II (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
    UPDATE: Braking Issue In 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid, Recall TBD

    UPDATE: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a formal inquiry into the brakes of the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. It has now received 124 complaints of faulty brakes, out of roughly 37,000 of the cars sold to date in the U.S. Toyota said it would cooperate fully with the...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius 5dr HB II (Natl) Grille
    UPDATE: Toyota Admits Braking Problems, On 2010 Prius Only

    Things are moving fast in the land of Toyota safety issues and recalls. Yesterday, we told you that the 2010 Toyota Prius was being investigated for braking problems in Japan. Today, Toyota has admitted that most 2010 Prius models (those built between the start of production last spring and late...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Is Woz's Prius Acceleration Just Toyota's Wacky Adaptive Cruise?

    UPDATE, February 8, 2009: Speaking in a sort-of-webchat on Digg, Toyota president Jim Lentz said of the Woz complaint, "We are working with him on the operation of the cruise control." Please forgive us while we quietly smirk. ++++++++++ It's obviously pile-on-Toyota week. Transportation Secretary...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    2010 Toyota Prius Investigated In Japan For Braking Problems

    Citing allegations of braking loss or slippage, Japan's Ministry of Transportation ordered Toyota to launch an investigation into possible brake problems in the new 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. That car, currently in short supply globally and also the best-selling car in Japan, is the subject of 14...

  • 2008 Honda Fit Sport
    2007 and 2008 Honda Fit Recalled For Potential Fire Hazard

    We've always been big fans of the Honda Fit subcompact hatchback, with fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg city, 35 mpg highway for the five-speed manual model. In its review of the newest 2010 Honda Fit, our sister site TheCarConnection lauded the Fit for: City-friendly steering and maneuverability...

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