Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A has been given permission from its Japanese parent to recall 87,000 model year 2010 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h vehicles because of defective brakes. The U.S. arm of the world’s largest automaker is powerless to order a recall on its own.
The involved Prius and IS 250h models are equipped with a brake pressure accumulator that may develop a fatigue crack on an internal part due to vibration. Toyota said it had no reports of any accidents or injuries associated with this condition. Toyota, of course, was fined millions of dollars by NHTSA for previously covering up safety defects that were causing unintended acceleration.
In a brief statement Toyota said it notify owners by first class mail. The recall fix requires the inspection of the brake booster-pump assembly to see if it is equipped with a defective or potentially bad accumulator. If so, the dealer will replace the brake booster pump with an “improved one” at no cost to the customer as is required by NHTSA safety regulations.