Toyota has recalled nearly a quarter of a million vehicles because of a braking problem. The Japanese automaker said the global recall would affect 242,000 Prius and Lexus hybrid cars made between March and October 2009. Toyota said it had received more than 90 complaints from drivers who said they needed to step more heavily on the brake pedal than they were used to. According to the company, a flaw was allowing nitrogen gas to leak into the brake fluid, reducing the effectiveness of the brakes. The automaker said brake pressure parts in the vehicles could crack due to vibration, slowing response times. According to Toyota, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries.
Most of the cars affected are in Japan, where 117,000 vehicles are being recalled, followed by 91,000 in North America, 30,000 in Europe and smaller numbers in other markets. The sedans are sold in the U.S. and in Japan. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., said it would inspect the brake booster pump assembly on recalled Prius and Lexus HS 250h vehicles and replace it if necessary.
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