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11/10/16 Toyota motor engineering and manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016 toyota prius vehicles manufactured november 30, 2015, to june 14, 2016. an air bag inflator manufacturing error may result in the inadvertent partial inflation of the front passenger air bag.

A front passenger air bag that unintentionally inflates can increase the risk of a crash or injury.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag assembly, free of charge. the recall began november 10, 2016. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. toyota's number for this recall is g0w.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
03/21/14 Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 through 2014 prius vehicles. in the affected vehicles, the intelligent power module (ipm) inside the inverter module (a component of the hybrid system) contains transistors that may become damaged from high operating temperatures. if this occurs, various warning lamps will be illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle will have reduced power allowing it to only drive a short distance.

The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. the hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ecu) and the hybrid control ecu, free of charge. if an owner experiences a failure of the inverter before the vehicle receives updated software, the dealer will replace the inverter assembly with a new one at no charge. the recall began on march 21, 2014. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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08/07/13 Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 prius vehicles manufactured march 31, 2009, through october 9, 2009; and model year 2010 lexus hs250h vehicles manufactured june 19, 2009, through october 9, 2009. nitrogen gas from a component of the brake booster pump assembly could leak into the brake fluid.

As nitrogen is released into the brake fluid, the brake pedal may have reduced hydraulic pressure. under certain circumstances, this condition could affect stopping distance and increase the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected brake booster pump assemblies. the recall began on august 7, 2013. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
01/17/13 Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 prius vehicles manufactured august 6, 2003, through march 30, 2009 and fchv-adv vehicles manufactured december 12, 2008, through september 13, 2011. during manufacturing, a scratch may have occurred inside of the electrically driven water pump at the coil wire. the coil wire may corrode at the scratched portion.

The corroded coil wire may break and the water pump could stop. the corroded coil wire could cause a short circuit between coil wires and a possible open fuse, creating a stall-like condition of the hybrid system while the vehicle is being driven. this may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will replace the electric water pump, free of charge. the recall began on january 17, 2013. owners may contact their toyota dealer or the toyota customer experience center at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
03/03/10 Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 toyota prius and lexus hs250h passenger vehicles. customers have experienced inconsistent brake feel after abs actuation during slow and steady application of the brakes on rough or slick road surfaces. stopping distances may be increased compared with a customer's expectation for a given pedal force.

Vehicle stopping distances may increase relative to a customer's expectation increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will rewrite the programming of the abs control unit free of charge. the safety recall began on march 3, 2010, and is expected to be completed in late march 2010. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331 and lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

Toyota recall no. aob lexus ala.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
10/27/00 Vehicle description: passenger vehicles. insufficient electrical contact can occur in the torque sensor that controls the power assist operation of the electric power steering gear box. the torque sensor could send improper electrical signals.

If this occurs, the power steering warning icon will be displayed on the center panel, and the driver could experience higher than normal steering effort depending upon vehicle speed.

Dealers will repair the electric steering gear box.

Owner notification began october 27, 2000.owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
12/31/69 Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain 2016 prius vehicles. a capacitor within the hybrid system may not have been properly bolted to the inverter housing.

If the capacitor was not properly secured, vibrations from driving the vehicle may damage the capacitor, shutting down the hybrid system, causing a loss of motive power and increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inverter, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin by early december 2017. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. toyota's number for this recall is h0u.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
01/17/13 Engine Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 prius vehicles manufactured august 6, 2003, through march 30, 2009 and fchv-adv vehicles manufactured december 12, 2008, through september 13, 2011. during manufacturing, a scratch may have occurred inside of the electrically driven water pump at the coil wire. the coil wire may corrode at the scratched portion.

The corroded coil wire may break and the water pump could stop. the corroded coil wire could cause a short circuit between coil wires and a possible open fuse, creating a stall-like condition of the hybrid system while the vehicle is being driven. this may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will replace the electric water pump, free of charge. the recall began on january 17, 2013. owners may contact their toyota dealer or the toyota customer experience center at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
07/26/06 Engine On certain passenger vehicles, due to improper molding of the resin body of the crankshaft position senor installed on the engine block, engine oil may penetrate the seal and enter the sensor wiring connector. the wire harness connector may not be sufficiently attached to the locking tab of the sensor wiring connector.

Engine oil inside the sensor wiring connector could cause expansion due to the heat of the engine and could deform the sensor wiring connector. the connector may become disconnected, which could cause the engine to stall while driving and not be able to be restarted increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the crankshaft position sensor free of charge. the recall began on july 26, 2006. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota recall no. ssc 60g.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
11/10/16 Brakes and Traction Control Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 prius vehicles manufactured august 6, 2015, to october 3, 2016. the affected vehicles are equipped with a foot-operated parking brake system that has a parking brake cable that may disengage.

If the parking brake cable disengages from the mechanism and the transmission is left in a gear other than 'park' while the ignition is on and the driver leaves the vehicle, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a clip at the parking brake cable end to prevent the cable from disengaging, free of charge. the recall began november 10, 2016. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. toyota's number for this recall is g01.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
12/20/12 Suspension and Steering Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 prius vehicles manufactured august 5, 2003, through march 30, 2009. the affected vehicles have a steering intermediate extension shaft assembly built with metal splines that complete the connection from the steering wheel to the steering gear. these splines may have been manufactured with an insufficient hardness.

Over time, the splines may wear and eventually fail resulting in a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the extension shaft and replace it if it is one with insufficient hardness, free of charge. the recall began during december 2012. owners may contact their toyota dealer or the toyota customer experience center at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
07/08/11 Suspension and Steering Toyota is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2003 prius passenger cars manufactured from january 28, 2000, through may 30, 2003. the steering linkage may loosen, resulting in reduced electric steering assistance when making a left turn.

Loss of power steering, particularly when an operator is actively intending to steer the vehicle, may increase the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will replace the nuts in the steering linkage free of charge. the safety recall began on july 8, 2011. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
06/09/06 Suspension and Steering The intermediate shaft and sliding yoke in the electric power steering system can crack when large forces are applied and the connection may separate or the sleeve may fracture.

This could result in a loss of steering control of the vehicle.

Toyota will replace the steering intermediate shaft and inspect the sliding yoke and replace it if necessary. the recall began on june 9, 2006. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota recall no. 60c.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
10/17/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 toyota prius, 2010 and 2012 toyota prius plug-in hybrid, and 2011-2012 lexus ct200h vehicles. a weld in the curtain shield air bag inflator may crack causing one or both portions of the inflator to eject into the passenger cabin.

If either portion of the curtain shield air bag inflator ejects into the passenger cabin, there is an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install retention brackets to the curtain shield air bags, free of charge. the recall began on october 17, 2016. owners may contact toyota customer service department at 1-800-331-4331. toyota's number for this recall is toyota g0u, and lexus glj.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
01/29/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning Southeast toyota distributors, llc (set) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 prius and corolla, 2009-2011 venza, 2006-2010 avalon, 2007-2010 fj cruiser, 2005-2011 sienna and sequoia, 2006-2011 tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, camry, highlander, tundra 4x2 and 4x4, and 2007-2011 rav4 and 4runner. the affected vehicles may experience compression of the seat cushion which may damage the seat heater wiring.

Damage to the seat heater wiring could cause the wires to short, increasing the risk of the seat burning and causing personal injury to the occupant.

Set will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the heaters with copper strand heating elements and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory, free of charge. the recall is expected to began in january 2015. owners may contact set customer service at 1-866-405-4226.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
03/21/14 Electrical and Air Conditioning Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 through 2014 prius vehicles. in the affected vehicles, the intelligent power module (ipm) inside the inverter module (a component of the hybrid system) contains transistors that may become damaged from high operating temperatures. if this occurs, various warning lamps will be illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle will have reduced power allowing it to only drive a short distance.

The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. the hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ecu) and the hybrid control ecu, free of charge. if an owner experiences a failure of the inverter before the vehicle receives updated software, the dealer will replace the inverter assembly with a new one at no charge. the recall began on march 21, 2014. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
04/06/06 Electrical and Air Conditioning On certain vehicles, due to improper assembly of the air bag inflator, which is used in the side air bag, the curtain shield air bag, and the knee air bag assembly, some inflators were produced with an insufficient amount of the heating agents necessary for proper air bag deployment. in this condition, the expansion force of the gas may be insufficient to properly inflate the air bag when the srs system is activated during a crash.

This may increase the risk of injury to the occupant in the involved seating position in the event of a crash.

Dealers will replace the specific srs air bag. the recall began on april 6, 2006. owners may contact toyota at 1-888-270-9371, scion at 1-866-548-1851, or lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

Toyota recall no. 60b and lexus recall no. 6lb.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
12/20/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning Certain passenger vehicles may be equipped with an improperly designed brake light switch. a silicon oxide build-up occurs on the contacts inside the brake light switch, which can make it inoperable.

If the switch is inoperable, the brake lights will not illuminate and can increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the brake light switch. the recall began during december 2004. owners should contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota recall no. ssc 40/lexus recall no. ssc 4lh.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
06/15/17 Other Gulf states toyota, inc. (gulf states) is recalling certain 2017 4runner , 86, avalon, camry, camry hybrid, corolla, corolla im, highlander, highlander hybrid, prius, prius c, rav4, rav4 hybrid, sienna and yaris vehicles. the spare tire air pressure was not adjusted to the proper pressure as stated on the tire pressure label.

A spare tire that is not inflated to the proper value may not perform as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.

Gulf states will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the spare tires, adjusting their pressure as necessary, free of charge. the recall began june 15, 2017. owners may contact gulf states customer service at 1-800-444-1074. toyota's number for this recall is 17r2.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Toyota Prius Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.