Another day, another Toyota recall

Here we go again. Today the Toyota Prius is being recalled for a different reason than the other recalls that took place recently. This time the brakes on the Prius’ do not always work as they should due to a software glitch. This prompted the car maker to issue a global recall for 437,000 Prius’. That is a small number compared to the over 8 million cars Toyota recalled in recent weeks for unwanted acceleration, but this recall effects the prestige of Toyota being the most popular hybrid, even driven by celebrities.

Moreover, Toyota Canada has issued a voluntary recall to a few hundred 2010 Toyota Camry’s for a misplaced tube that can cause the brakes to not work as well. Add to that an additional recall of a few hundred (and over 14,000 in the US) Lexus HS250, which is the only current luxury model that only comes as a hybrid version. The bad press is really starting to pile on.

There couldn’t possibly be more bad news about Toyotas cars today, right? Oh yeah, word is starting to spread that Toyota has not actually figured out the real problem of the unintentional acceleration after all. More and more experts are saying that the problem may not be fixed by a metal “bar” as Toyota calls it (that’s Toyota marketing trying to make it sound big and strong) because the problem may be electrical and not mechanical. Some experts say that it could be interference caused by a multitude of electronic parts, both from within the car and around it that may be messing up the signals. If this ends up being true then that will hurt Toyota very deeply. It will mean that not only have they not fixed the problem, they didn’t even know what the problem was in their own vehicles. 

This tiny metal plate, slightly larger than a finger nail is what Toyota says will fix the sticky pedal recall affecting millions of vehicles.

This tiny metal plate, slightly larger than a finger nail is what Toyota says will fix the sticky pedal recall affecting millions of vehicles.

I don’t think any car company went through a problem that they themselves were not sure of the reason behind it, at least not that I can remember. There are also rumblings that the largest automobile insurer in America, State Farm, has mentioned Toyota’s problem to the US government dating back to 2007, but Toyota recalled affected Camry’s then and said it was because of the floor mats. Perhaps, this is all from the same issue and is not due to a floor mat, who knows at this point? I am sure in the coming days we will hear more Toyota customers complaining about new problems with their cars. The problem for Toyota is that now every little imperfection in a customer’s car will be reported on the news because everyone’s radar is on high alert for defected Toyotas.