The Japanese based automaker Toyota has recently announced a recall for some of its hybrid vehicles, because of a problem with the brake booster pump assembly.
According to the car manufacturer, some of the hybrid cars produced by Toyota under its own name, like the Prius, or under the Lexus name, like the HS250h, will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers, because of a problem with the brake booster pump assembly. Toyota says that there is a possibility of a fatigue crack inside the accumulator with the brake booster pump assembly. If this cracks, nitrogen gas will leak into the brake fluid, affecting the brake pedal.
“If cracks occur in the accumulator, nitrogen gas could leak into the brake fluid and cause the brake pedal stroke to become longer or the pedal to become spongy, increasing the stopping distance and the risk of a collision”, said the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission).
The recall in question will affect approximately 242,000 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS250h vehicles, out of which 117,000 have been sold in Japan, 86,500 in the United States and 30,000 in Europe. Toyota didn’t say anything about reports received of accidents or injuries related to this defect, but our advice is to contact your local Toyota dealership if you have one of the models mentioned above.