Toyota Recalls Nearly Half a Million 2010 Prius Hybrids
It's happened. Toyota has finally recalled its 2010 Prius. That totals nearly half a million Prius and other hybrid cars recalled for braking problems, in addition to Toyota's other recall of nearly 8 million cars as a result of slipping floormats and sticky accelerator pedals. Toyota is currently being blamed for 19 deaths and numerous injuries in the U.S. over the last decade, and the company is facing potential litigation for crashes linked to their cars' sticky accelerators.
Toyota said it was recalling a total of 437,000 units of its 2010 Prius, Sai, Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid) and Lexus HS250h hybrids globally, including 155,000 in North America, 223,000 in Japan and 53,000 in Europe. The company believes it will take 40 minutes per car to fix the break problem. Toyota will face further scrutiny on Wednesday when its North America Chief Executive Yoshimi Inaba will testify about the recall process to Congress before the House Oversight Committee in Washington.