Toyota Recalls Hybrids Worldwide

Over 400,000 vehicles have been recalled to address the brake problems.

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Toyotas aren't stopping like they should and they need a bit of rehab before they hit the streets again. From The Washington Post

Toyota President Akio Toyoda used extraordinary language at a press conference here to apologize for quality and safety issues that have led to the recall of more than 7 million vehicles in recent months.

He repeated three times that Toyota was neither failure-proof nor "omnipotent," and he said that his company would now "redouble our commitment to quality as the lifeline of our company."

The recall will fix a software glitch in the brakes of the Prius and three other hybrid models. It has caused brief and sometimes frightening delays in perceived braking capacity on icy or bumpy roads.

The fix, which dealers can make in about 40 minutes, will apply to 223,000 hybrids sold in Japan, along with 133,000 Prius cars and 14,500 Lexus HS250h vehicles in the United States. Nearly 53,000 Priuses are also being recalled in Europe. It begins in Japan on Wednesday and in the United States "as soon as possible," the company said.

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