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by George Skentzos

Toyota has today announced an official global recall on its most technologically advanced model, the third-generation Toyota Prius.

A total of 2378 new Toyota Prius vehicles in Australia are effected, with more than 400,000 vehicles involved in the recall globally.

The recall is unrelated to the current Toyota pedal crisis with no other Toyota or Lexus models affected by the recall which has been simultaneously announced in Japan, the United States, Europe and in other regions.

This announcement has stemmed from reports concerning inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady braking on certain road conditions such as a pot hole, bumpy or slippery road surfaces when the ABS is activated.

While pedal feel may become inconsistent under these circumstances, the brakes themselves are not affected and will continue to operate effectively.

A total of 111 cases of this fault have been reported by customers globally, with two in Australia.

The fix is strictly limited to firmware and entails a change to the ABS management program of the vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in order to improve response time.

The entire procedure will be carried out by an authorised Toyota dealer, taking approximately one hour at no cost to the vehicle owner.