Toyota U.S. recalls 2010 Prius, Lexus HS 250h

(Updated with statement from Toyota Philippines) Car manufacturer to update Prius ABS software
Feb 9, 2010

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has announced a recall involving 133,000 units of the 2010 Prius and 14,500 units of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h "to update software in the vehicles' anti-lock brake system (ABS)."

"Some 2010 model year Prius and 2010 HS 250h owners have reported experiencing inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady application of brakes on rough or slick road surfaces when the ABS is activated in an effort to maintain tire traction," Toyota Motor said in a statement. 

Only Prius units manufactured since May 2009 are affected by the ABS problem. Owners of the Prius and the Lexus HS 250h will receive a letter from Toyota if their vehicle needs to be recalled. 

The recall will allow Toyota to update the software in the vehicles affected by the ABS problem. 

"We're committed in doing everything we can--as fast as we can--to restore consumer trust in Toyota, and these recalls are part of this effort. We regret the inconvenience this recall will cause to Prius and HS 250h owners," said Toyota Motor Sales president Jim Lentz. 

Continue reading below ↓ is still waiting for a statement from Toyota Philippines on whether or not Prius owners in the Philippines should fret over the latest recall announced by Toyota. Toyota Philippines has sold roughly 25 units of the Prius since it was launched in the country in June 2009. 

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"Toyota Motor Philippines is still waiting for an official announcement specific to the Philippines. We will release the official statement as soon as we get more information," Toyota Philippines said in a text message.

Toyota Prius units sold in the Philippines are from Japan.

Editor's note: Article updated at 8:40 p.m.

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