Archive for February 2010

Prius ZVW30 Recall

Posted by John on Thu 11-Feb-2010

Toyota Australia has initiated a recall of all ZVW30 (Generation 3) Prius models sold in Australia from its launch in July 2009 until those with a February 2010 production date.

The recall is to apply a software modification to the ABS Braking System computer. This modification is to improve the response time (in milliseconds) of the ABS system engaging if either, or both, front driving wheels lose traction momentarily.

At no time is there any danger of the Prius braking system failing. The modification should take no more than 1 hour, and is obviously free of charge.

Owners can either wait until they receive their official notification letter from Toyota about the recall, or simply contact a Toyota Dealer of your choice to book your Prius in at a convenient time to have the modification applied. You will receive priority assistance by the service department at any Toyota Dealer.

Prius ZVW30 Possible Problems?

Posted by John on Fri 5-Feb-2010

Owners of July 2009 onwards ZVW30 models have probably read reports of possible braking problems with Prius, particularly in the US market.

The Australian Prius models are not exhibiting problems such as those described in the US cars…..however, in a small number of cases here, owners could experience a miniscule delay in braking performance in certain circumstances such as when one (or both) front wheel(s) hits a slippery surface, drops into a pothole, or hits a large bump under light braking. In this instance, the ABS system may experience a minute delay in changing the hydraulic pressure to the brakes, causing a slight lag in retardation. The ABS system will immediately compensate if the brake pedal is pressed harder in this scenario. If any owner experiences the problem (which has been rectified on cars built after the end of January 2010), and has concerns about it, please visit your nearest Toyota dealer. Toyota Australia is monitoring the situation, and owners of any affected Prius will be notified if any action needs to be taken.

There is also a separate problem with various Toyota models sold in overseas markets experiencing sticking accelerator pedals. The electronic accelerator pedal assembly on all Toyotas sold in Australia (both imported and built here) is of a different design and manufacturer to the overseas and Japanese domestic models. No instances of sticking accelerators have been reported in Australia.

The current potential problems only relate to the mid 2009 ZVW30 model Prius, no other model Prius are affected in any way. If you are concerned at all, please visit this link:

Toyota Australia Advice to Prius Customers