Toyota to Recall 53,000 Hybrids in Europe

Some 52,903 Prius third generation models, of which 7,573 were sold in France, are being recalled.

Toyota said on Feb. 9 that a recall of its best-selling Prius hybrid models in Europe to fix a brake problem involves more than 53,000 vehicles.

Some 52,903 Prius third generation models, of which 7,573 were sold in France, are being recalled.

Vehicle owners will be asked to bring in their cars over the next few days to repair the ABS braking system in a job taking about 40 minutes, it said.

Earlier Tuesday in Tokyo, Toyota announced it was recalling 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles to repair a flaw in the braking system.

The company is pulling roughly 223,000 hybrids in Japan and about 147,500 in the United States due to a problem with the anti-lock braking system.

The move covers the newest petrol-electric Prius as well as the plug-in Prius, the Sai sedan and the Lexus HS250h. It said it will suspend sales in Japan of the Sai and Lexus HS250h while it develops a fix for those vehicles.

Drivers "can experience reduced braking performance resulting in increased braking distance," the automaker said.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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