It's been a rough couple of weeks for Toyota and it doesn't look like things are going to settle down anytime soon. Just weeks after the company issued a recall for bum gas pedals and floor mats that spanned the entire globe, the company has come forward and admitted there could be another recall in the works.
Toyota today admitted that there is a problem with the ABS on the 2010 Prius. The company has supposedly received as many as 100 complaints from Japanese customers, with a handful of complaints from North America sprinkled on top.
The Financial Times cites Hiroyuki Yokoyama, a Toyota managing director responsible for quality control, who says the problem involves software that controls the car's anti-lock braking system. When the ABS is engaged, some drivers may feel a short "pause" when the car’s brakes switch from "regenerative" mode – which tops up the rechargeable battery – to standard hydraulic braking.
According to Yokoyama the company had not decided whether to issue a broad recall of the Prius, and that the brake problem was not considered a safety threat.
Yokoyama went on to say that Toyota engineers reprogrammed the ABS software last month after dealers and the Japanese transport ministry began receiving complaints. However, for people who purchased their cars before the complaints started rolling in, Toyota will perform updates only on request for now. Yokoyama told the Financial Times, "It's a matter of 'driving feel.' Regrettably, we underestimated what customers would expect from the vehicle."