09/02/2010

UK Toyota Prius Recall

Toyota has announced a global recall on the latest, third-generation Prius built before 27 January 2010.

The company said this will involve 8,500 cars in the UK.

To date, there have been no accidents linked to this issue reported in Europe, a statement from the manufacturer said.

No other Toyota or Lexus models are affected by this latest recall action in Europe.

"Toyota GB would like to apologise to its customers for any concern this issue has caused," said a spokesman.

The recall is being taken in response to reports of inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady braking on bumpy or slick road surfaces when the anti-lock braking system (ABS) is actuated.

This recall will consist of a software upgrade in the anti-lock braking system. Toyota said the procedure will be carried out free of charge and will take approximately 40 minutes using standard test equipment in use at all authorised Toyota service centres.

In keeping with VOSA’s code of practice, Toyota will write individually to every owner or keeper in the next few days having obtained their contact details from the DVLA.

"In the meantime, the cars are safe to drive. At no time are drivers without brakes," continued the spokesman.

"Toyota GB guarantees to every customer its utmost attention to making this upgrade as quickly and efficiently as possible."

Meanwhile the firm has confirmed that insurance cover on Toyota cars is unaffected by the current safety recall.

A statement issued by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said: "The ABI confirms that motor insurance policies will continue to cover Toyota owners affected by the recall of certain models.

"Any claims will be dealt with in the normal way, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the policy. If they have not already done so, anyone who thinks they may be affected should contact their local Toyota dealer and follow their advice."

(PR/GK)

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