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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.

By Exhaust Notes Feb 12, 2014 7:51AM
Toyota is recalling at least 2.16 million cars worldwide — including 711,000 Prius models in the U.S. — for hybrid systems and safety aids such as ABS that can shut down while driving, according to Toyota and filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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.
A total of 1.9 million Prius models are affected worldwide. Toyota said neither the Prius V nor Prius c models were affected, nor were any other Toyota or Lexus hybrids. Starting this month, Toyota dealers will update the ECU software to fix the problems.

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/recal​l. 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]
304Comments
Feb 12, 2014 8:50AM
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Get the damn computers out of cars, they work just fine without them.
Feb 12, 2014 9:05AM
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just another reason I will NEVER overpay for a Toyota.  They are overpriced and no longer reliable.
Feb 12, 2014 8:36AM
Feb 12, 2014 10:00AM
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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.

Feb 12, 2014 9:12AM
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I own a 2007 Toyota Corolla LE.  My car has had 2 recalls now since I have owned it.  This was the VERY first car I owned that was new off of a dealership's lot.  I did a lot of research into what cars had the highest mileage, lowest maintenance, best fuel economy, and fewest manufacturer recalls before I bought it.

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.
Feb 12, 2014 8:45AM
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Ignorance is a Blessing. Now I know why every Toyota owner prides himself that it's an American car.  Never was and never will be. Just good brainwash.
Feb 12, 2014 8:42AM
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To get around the recall embarrassment just say they have 3 million test drivers
Feb 12, 2014 9:14AM
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I've said it before and I will say it again . Drive your Chevrolet through the U.S.A. I have for the past 20 years or more . One time back to the dealer out of 6 cars I have owned the oldest being a 1994 Z28 I still have , never a recall and still going strong !!!!
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