Toyota Recalls 242K hybrids for brake issue
Toyota is recalling 242,000 hybrids worldwide to fix weakened brakes, including about 87,000 in the U.S., the company said early Wednesday.
The 2010 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h have brake pressure accumulators – metal plungers filled with brake fluid surrounded by a nitrogen casing that allows for hydraulic pressure – that can crack over time due to vibration. The nitrogen gas could then leak into the brake fluid, which can cause the brake pedal to travel farther, resulting in decreased braking power.
In November, Toyota recalled 670,000 Prius hybrids in the U.S. from 2004-2009 – out of 2.77 million Toyotas worldwide – for weak steering linkages that could break and hybrid systems that could fail. In 2010, Toyota updated its braking software after complaints of brief braking loss over choppy pavement.