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Toyota Prius, RAV4, Tacoma, and Lexus RX 350 Vehicles Recalled

Date:
February 12, 2014
Category:
Cars
Company/Brand:
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
The Danger:
The software's current settings in 2010-2014 Prius vehicles could result in higher thermal stress in certain transistors, potentially causing them to become damaged. If this happens, various warning lights will illuminate and the vehicle can enter a failsafe mode. In rare circumstances, the hybrid system might shut down while the vehicle is being driven, resulting in the loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop.

There is an electronic circuit condition with 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 models that can cause the Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Brake, and Traction Control functions to intermittently turn off. If these systems are off, standard braking operation remains fully functional.

There have been no reports of accidents or injuries associated with either condition.
Description:
The recall includes approximately 700,000 model year 2010-2014 Prius vehicles and, combined, approximately 260,000 model year 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 vehicles.
Sold At:
Car dealerships nationwide.
What To Do:
Owners of affected vehicles will receive a software update free of charge. For more information, call Toyota at (800) 331-4331 or go online to toyota.com/recall.
For More Information:
safercar.gov