The 2009–2010 models of the Toyota Prius and all models of the Lexus HS 250h were recalled in February 2010 due to failure in the vehicle's regenerative braking system (RBS), which is designed to use friction accumulated during braking to help recharge the car's battery. Owners of these models have reported experiencing a braking failure when attempting to stop on uneven or slick surfaces, such as when potholes, rain or snow are present on the roadway. According to experts, the brake failure can be deadly, even in situations where the vehicle is traveling as slow as 30 mph. Just days before the recall was issued, Toyota apologized for not responding to reports of the brake failures sooner and announced that it was conducting an evaluation of the affected Prius and Lexus vehicles. Evidence indicates that the company had known about the braking problem for years, but failed to issue a recall. Only Prius vehicles produced between May 2009 and January 2010 are affected by the recall.
Toyota also issued a recall for 7,300 2010 Camry vehicles to conduct an inspection of the power steering hoses, which if it comes in contact with the front brake tube, may cause loss of brake fluid and increase the vehicle's stopping distance over time. The recall affects only 4-cylinder 2010 Camry vehicles. Victims who have been injured or a lost a loved one in a crash involving a recalled Toyota or Lexus vehicle should contact the Toyota recall lawyers at Gunn Law Group to discuss your case.