Toyota Prius UK Recall: 8,500 models to get ABS software upgrade

By Alan Ng - Feb 9, 2010

We have more details on the UK-specific recall of Toyota Prius models now, as it has been reported that as many as 8,500 third generation models are due to be recalled and will be given an ABS software upgrade.

As reported from MotorTrader, the recall in the UK will apply to all models built ‘before’ 27th January 2010. While the recall has now reached a global scale and is hitting the headlines all over the world, no issues have been reported in Europe yet, so it seems as if Toyota are just taking extreme precautions.

As for the ABS software upgrade that will affect all 8,500 models in the UK, we are hearing that the process will last around 40 minutes, and Toyota will be informing affected owners this week, with further instructions.

Let us know your thoughts on this. Do you have an affected model in the UK?

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  • FYI

    'No easy answer for the Toyota problem'
    By Jeremy Anwyl Tuesday, March 16, 2010
    The writer is chief executive of, which recently announced a competition with a cash prize for anyone who can demonstrate in a verifiable manner the reason for unintended acceleration.
    Included chart in W. Post hardcopy: (Toyota and the accelerating mystery A19)
    Discrepancy in complaints
    Consumer reports of cases of unintended acceleration by manufacturer
    (Model years 2005 – Sept. 30, 2009)
    Sales (in millions) Complaints per 100,000 vehicles sold
    GM 16.5 0.81
    Toyota 11.0 4.81
    Ford 10.8 3.12
    Chrysler 9.1 1.72
    Honda 7.1 1.26
    Nissan 4.6 1.07
    SOURCE: analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration complaints

  • Unconcerned

    I LOVE my Prius. Whilst I’m a little disappointed at the recall, I have every confidence that Toyota are dealing with the problem as they should.