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2 Million Cars Recalled With Scary 'Glitch' - Has your car ever been recalled?

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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Toyota Recalls 2 Million Cars With Scary 'Glitch': Here's the 411

by Ericka Sóuter

priusWe have another frightening recall to report. This time, it's a popular automobile that is posing a serious danger to many unsuspecting drivers. Toyota has decided to recall 1.9 million Prius cars after finding out about a software glitch. The problem may sound innocuous, but it can lead to a very serious issue for people on the road. This glitch could cause the vehicles to stop suddenly and unexpectedly. Keep reading to learn what the company is doing to fix the situation for millions of customers.

The world's largest automaker announced a global recall of the super popular Prius model so that they could repair the problem in the cars. That reportedly affects 713,000 customers in the US who drive the eco-friendly line.

The main issue is in the software that controls the hybrid system. It can cause transistors to become damaged, and as a result, warning lights may go off and driving power could be reduced or completely come to a stop. So if someone is driving one of these cars, they risk the vehicle abruptly shutting down in the street. That can be dangerous in heavy traffic areas or on the highway. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported.

If you own a Prius, here is what you need to know:

  • The vehicles in question were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
  • The "glitch" in the software settings could create heat in the transistors in the circuits of the car and damage the parts.
  • If you bring the car into a Toyota service center, they will repair the software problem.
  • If you have an affected car, you can find more information at www.toyota.com/recall or by calling 1-800-331-4331.

It's the latest in a string of bad turns for the Toyota Motor Company. Last year, they recalled nearly 5.3 million cars. In one instance, vehicles had a potentially defective power window switch on the driver's side. That included Camry sedans, Camry hybrids, RAV4 crossovers, Tundra pickup tucks, Highlander SUVs, Corolla compact cars, and Sequoia SUVs. And in yet another recall, they had to fix an electronic problem that affected the cars' vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes, and traction control function. Despite those problems, it was named the third most dependable brand for the third consecutive year.

According to the company, they are trying to get more aggressive with correcting these types of issues when they pop up.

Has one of your cars ever been recalled? What was the problem?

by on Feb. 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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buttersworth
by Bronze Member on Feb. 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

THIS IS WHY WE NEED AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS TO MAKE ALL PARTS AND TO ASSEMBLE ALL VEHICLES AND TO DERIVE ALL MATERIALS

FROM WITHIN THE UNITED STATES AND BY AMERICANS

I had to drive a Prius in a snowstorm to my father's funeral because my Subaru (mine was assembled in the US) was getting new brakes (just worn from use) and it was the holidays so there were absolutely no cars available in the state. Seriously, on Dec 27, 2008, this is the only car I could rent. It sucked. My dh drove it and I drove it. It felt like I was riding around in a tin can and had this annoying -and  highly distracting- electronic display on the dashboard.

So this is what happens when politicians make it attractive for big corporations to outsource or completely move to other countries where the slave labor is cheap (and immoral, unethical) - CRAP QUALITY.

joyfree
by Kat on Feb. 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

This is a very simplistic statement. I was employed for many years at Toyota's rival here in the USA and I can tell you that their work ethic is excellent, as I'm sure Toyota's is, too.

Most of the foreign imports made in the US are made almost exclusively from parts made here. They have their own supply system that employs thousands of Americans in decent paying positions.

Have you forgotten how bad the quality of American vehicles was just a few decades ago?

The exploding Ford Pinto? Chevrolet Vega? Citation? SUV rollovers? Have you ever checked the repair records of "American" cars? There is a reason why imports have succeeded.

The GOOD thing is that quality has improved for traditional American cars, and though recalls are scary, we need to be grateful that the guilty companies take responsibility and fix the cars.



Quoting buttersworth:

THIS IS WHY WE NEED AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS TO MAKE ALL PARTS AND TO ASSEMBLE ALL VEHICLES AND TO DERIVE ALL MATERIALS

FROM WITHIN THE UNITED STATES AND BY AMERICANS

I had to drive a Prius in a snowstorm to my father's funeral because my Subaru (mine was assembled in the US) was getting new brakes (just worn from use) and it was the holidays so there were absolutely no cars available in the state. Seriously, on Dec 27, 2008, this is the only car I could rent. It sucked. My dh drove it and I drove it. It felt like I was riding around in a tin can and had this annoying -and  highly distracting- electronic display on the dashboard.

So this is what happens when politicians make it attractive for big corporations to outsource or completely move to other countries where the slave labor is cheap (and immoral, unethical) - CRAP QUALITY.


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