Toyota issued another recall Monday, this time on their popular Prius hybrid models because of a faulty coolant pump glitch that could cause the car to overheat and lose power.
Nearly 650,000 Toyota Prius hybrids model years 2004 to 2007 are affected by the recall. There are nearly 378,000 affected units in the United States. Newer models use a different type of pump and are not affected by the recall.
"Toyota said the design of the electric water pump let air bubbles enter the system, slowing coolant circulation and allowing the hybrid's components to heat up.
"The heating up of the components could trigger a warning light. If left unattended, the Prius could overheat and drop into a "fail-safe" mode where engine power would be reduced, Toyota said," according to Reuters .
As a South Carolina car accident attorney , I'm glad to see Toyota fix the problem before any accidents or injuries were reported. Toyota has recalled about 14 million vehicles worldwide since last November, including about 11 million in the United States. I'm glad to see the company try to distance itself from more damaging recalls and concerns about its quality management.
Prius owners will be notified in early December and will be offered a free repair at U.S. dealerships.