Toyota said that it would recall 437,000 of its 2010 Priuses and other hybrid models worldwide because of a glitch in the braking system. 155,000 are in the United States and another 53,000 in Europe.
Separately, Toyota also recalled 7,300 of its latest-model Camrys in the United States to fix a power steering pressure hose in the engine compartment that may be the incorrect length. This could cause a hole in the brake tube and deplete the braking fluid, interfering with braking.
At a briefing for the media, Toyota said a software glitch was behind the failing brakes, and that the fix, which would be handled by dealers, would take about 40 minutes for each car.
Toyota has recalled about eight million cars worldwide over gas pedals that could stick or become caught on floor mats. As more details have emerged about the problems, the automaker is facing questions over whether it routinely fixed potentially dangerous defects in new models without recalling those already on the road.
Toyota executives acknowledged last week that the company had identified a flaw in the Prius’s braking system and corrected it for cars built since late January, which would not be part of the recall.
The official announcement of the Prius recall came just hours after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington said that it had been alerted by State Farm, the insurance company, in 2007 about unintended acceleration that led to a crash of a 2005 Toyota Camry.
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