A large voluntary recall is underway by Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus. The recall, according to the auto manufacturer, targets approximately 87,000 of its hybrids and centers around a braking issue which, if left unchecked, could affect stopping distance and increase the risk of a crash.
The recall focuses upon an issue around nitrogen gas from a component of the brake booster pump assembly that could leak into the brake fluid. It involves 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, according to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Toyota says of this recall that
the involved vehicles are equipped with a brake pressure accumulator that may develop a fatigue crack on an internal part due to vibration. Toyota has had no reports of any accidents or injuries associated with this condition.
Those impacted by this recall should, by late July, get a notice in the mail from Toyota about it. The remedy “will involve inspection of the brake booster pump assembly to see if it is equipped with an involved accumulator. If so, the dealer will replace the brake booster pump assembly with an improved one at no cost to the customer.”
This latest recall extends a string of issues the popular Toyota hybrid has faced over the course of its history. The last one we covered, back in November, impacted hundreds of thousands of vehicles between the 2004 and 2009 model years. Prior to that, either domestic or globally, there were 52,000 cars needing their electric power steering pinion shaft attachment nuts replaced, 223,000 which had a serious braking issue and 378,000 with a water pump fault that could lead to overheating.