NEWS UPDATE:Â New York Post, Friday, February 5th, 2010 – The Toyota Crisis
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On February 8, 2010, Toyota recalled more than 400,000 hybrid vehicles, including the 2010 Prius and the Lexus HS250h. The Prius and Lexus hybrid recall was prompted by complaints that brakes on the 2010 model Prius sometimes stop working temporarily on bumpy or slippery roads. Toyota has acknowledged that the Prius brake system has a design flaw. The mechanical parts that make up the brake system in the Lexus HS250h model are identical to those in Toyota’s 2010 Prius.
Our Toyota class action lawsuit lawyers are aggressively investigating the Prius and Lexus hybrid braking problems. Millions of Toyota customers have been put in harms way because of the company’s slow response to safety issues, and now it seems that owners of Prius and Lexus hybrids can be added to that list. It is important for consumers to let Toyota know that ignoring such dangerous defects is simply not acceptable. If you own a 2010 Prius Hybrid or Lexus HS250h, you should consider joining our Toyota class action lawsuit.
Even if you have not experienced an accident because of the defective braking system on some Prius or Lexus hybrids, the expense and inconvenience you have incurred because of these problems could still make you eligible for our Toyota recall class action lawsuit. If you have been impacted in any way by the Prius or Lexus hybrid braking issues, our Toyota class action lawsuit lawyers want to hear from you today.
Prius and Lexus Hybrid Brake Defect
On February 4, 2010, the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it had opened a formal investigation of the Toyota Prius, model year 2010, relating to reports of momentary loss of braking capability while traveling over an uneven road surface, pothole or bump. The NHTSA said it had received 124 reports from consumers, including four reports alleging that crashes occurred. The preliminary evaluation involved about 37,000 vehicles in the U.S., the agency said.
Word of the NHTSA Prius investigation came after Toyota announced that it was investigating reports from consumers in the U.S. and Japan that the brakes on some Prius vehicles had temporarily stopped working on bumpy or slippery roads. According to The New York Times, Toyota was actually ordered to begin the Prius investigation by regulators in Japan.
Toyota acknowledged that the braking system on third-generation Priuses has a design flaw related to software that occurs when the Prius switches between its two braking systems. Toyota said it had already corrected the brake problem for Prius models sold since late January, but was still working on a fix for cars already on the road.
The Prius has two braking systems: a regenerative one, in which braking friction is captured and used to recharge the carâ€™s batteries, and a conventional one. According to Toyota, the complaints arise from what Toyota characterizes as a software malfunction when the car switches between the two systems. The mechanical parts that make up the brake system in the Lexus HS250h are identical to those in Toyotaâ€™s 2010 Prius, but the two gas-electric hybrid cars use different software systems to control the way the brakes are used.
On February 8, Toyota finally issued a hybrid recall. The recall involves 133,000 Prius cars and 14,500 Lexus HS250h vehicles sold in the U.S.; nearly 53,000 Priuses in Europe; and 223,000 hybrids sold in Japan.
At a news conference to announce the Prius recall, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said a fix for the brake problem would take about 40 minutes and be handled by dealers. Toyoda also apologized to consumers for the concern and inconvenience the Prius and other recent recalls have caused, and promised to â€średouble our commitment to quality.â€ť
A week after the Prius and Lexus hybrid recall was announced, complaints from consumers to the NHTSA had spiked, with the agency now recording a total of 1,120 complaints alleging 34 crashes and six injuries.
Toyota Prius and Lexus Hybrid Class Action Lawsuit
If you have been impacted in anyway by the Prius or Lexus hybrid recall please call our Toyota class action lawsuit lawyers today to protect your legal rights. Prius and Lexus hybrid owners deserve compensation for the worry, inconvenience and expense they have experienced because of this brake defect. Please fill out our online form or call 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636) to discuss joining our Toyota class action lawsuit today.