Tokyo—TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces a recall related to the software program that controls the antilock braking system (ABS) in current-model "Prius", "Prius Plug-in Hybrid", "Sai" and "HS250h" sold in Japan. The recall, for which TMC submitted notifications today to Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, concerns approximately 223,000 vehicles.
"Let me assure everyone that we will redouble our commitment to quality as the lifeline of our company. With myself taking the lead, all of us at Toyota will tackle the issue in close cooperation with our dealers and with our suppliers. Together, we will do everything in our power to regain the confidence of our customers," said TMC President Akio Toyoda, regarding the recall.
Both a hydraulic braking system and a regenerative braking system work in unison in ordinary driving conditions. Drivers of the four models subject to the recall may experience reduced braking performance resulting in increased braking distance when their vehicles switch at low speed to hydraulic braking-only to activate ABS (which is used to stabilize handling on slippery surfaces, such as snowy and icy roads).
Applying increased pressure to the brake pedal when ABS is activated will produce the intended braking performance. TMC has undertaken the recall, however, in the interest of ensuring customer confidence. Its corrective ABS software programming will resolve the problem. TMC will begin notifying owners through its dealers today, and dealers will begin conducting the corrective reprogramming for the Prius, which is expected to take approximately 40 minutes per vehicle, on February 10.
Worldwide, Toyota has sold about 400,000 of the vehicles subject to the recall announced today in Japan. The company will take remedial measures as soon as possible in the United States, Europe and other regions.