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Toyota brake recall of Prius, Lexus hybrids includes 3,600 in Canada

06/05/2013 02:42 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 242,000 of its Prius and Lexus hybrid vehicles, including 3,598 in Canada, because of problems with their braking systems.

Worldwide, the Japanese auto giant is recalling 233,000 Prius vehicles made between March and October 2009, and about 9,000 Lexus HS250h models made between June and October 2009.

The Prius vehicles were sold worldwide. The Lexus vehicles were sold in the U.S. and Japan.

Of the total, 91,000 were sold in North America. Another 30,000 were sold in Europe.

Toyota Canada told CBC News in an email that 3,598 Prius in Canada were affected, as well as "certain 2010 Model Year Lexus HS 250h vehicles in Canada."

A spokesperson with the company says, "Toyota is currently preparing the remedy for this condition. When available and to address this condition, any Toyota dealership will inspect and, if necessary, replace the brake booster pump assembly. This remedy will be performed at NO COST to the vehicle owner."

No accidents or injuries reported

The company is currently contacting affected owners, who should make an appointment to bring their vehicle to be fixed for free at a Toyota dealership.

Certain parts in the braking system are made of weak material that could crack under pressure due to vibration, which would slow response times, Toyota said.

No accidents or injuries related to the problem have been reported, but the company has received dozens of complaints.

Toyota suffered a blow to its reputation from a series of massive recalls in 2009 and 2010, including faulty braking, sticky gas pedals and defective floor mats.

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