Recall: 2.16 million Toyota vehicles
The 2010-2014 Prius can shut down due to software problems, and several other non-hybrid Toyota and Lexus models have safety systems that can turn off without warning.
The 2010-2014 Prius has transistors that can overheat and become damaged due to errors with the hybrid powertrain software. The transistors are part of the car's inverter, which converts the battery's direct current to alternating current to run the electric motors. When they fail, the software on these cars can completely cut power while driving.
Toyota said it found a "hairline crack" in the inverters on several Prius models between July 2012 and June 2013, but could not determine the problem at that time. Later, Toyota said it found that driving under high loads, such as acceleration onto highways, could cause the transistors to overheat and become damaged, which could then send "transient" electrical currents to the main computer and reset the entire system. If that happens, the car can either switch into "limp home" mode, in which the car is restricted to a low speed as a fail safe, or it can completely shut off.
- Recall: 369,000 Toyota hybrids, Lexus models for sudden shutdowns
- Recall: Toyota, Lexus hybrids for weak brakes
- Recall: 2.77 million Toyotas worldwide for faulty steering, hybrid systems
Toyota is also recalling 260,000 non-hybrid models to fix more electrical problems that can cause the stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes to "intermittently turn off." The 2012 RAV4, 2012-2013 Tacoma and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 are all affected. A software update will be provided starting this month. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or at www.toyota.com/recall. Lexus owners can call 1-800-25-LEXUS or visit the website at www.lexus.com/recall.
Toyota has had several major glitches with its hybrids over the past 15 months.
In September, Toyota recalled 369,000 hybrids for a similar problem, including the 2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h SUVs. In these cases, the soldering on the inverter transistors were also cracking due to excessive heat and could shut the vehicles down while driving, but the problem was due to the soldering compound and not electrical currents that could cause the hybrid software to reset.
In June, Toyota recalled 242,000 hybrids worldwide to fix weakened brakes, including the 2010 Prius. In November 2012, Toyota recalled 670,000 Prius hybrids in the U.S. — out of 2.77 million Toyotas worldwide — for weak steering linkages that could break and hybrid systems that could fail due to a faulty electric water pump that cools the battery.
[Source: Toyota, NHTSA]
I would say I'm surprised but then I would be lying. LMAO.
OH WHAT A FEELING!!!!! ANOTHER RECALL!!!
The best part of this recall is its the Prius which is 100% designed, engineered, built, and supplied from Japan so the Toyota lovers that blame the Toyota crappy quality on the US plants and workers have no excuse now they will have to start facing the facts and truth that Toyota quality is just a freaking joke.
I've been satisfied overall with it's performance. I'm at 90k miles now and I still haven't had any major repairs. I also take very good care of my car with recommended oil changes, tire rotations, and replacing filters and belts when they're needed. However, these constant recalls have made me weary of buying a future Toyota again. But GM and Ford hasn't been without it's shares of recalls these past few years too. It's really hard to find a dependable car these days.
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