Toyota to repair about 650,000 Prius models worldwide… it’s not a recall

2004 Toyota Prius

Toyota said that it plans to fix about 650,000 Prius models worldwide to repair a coolant pump glitch that could cause the car to overheat and lose power. The repair (not a recall) covers the Prius from model year 2004 to 2007 and consists of 378,000 units in the United States.

The Japanese automaker said that the design of the electric water pump may let air bubbles enter the system, slowing coolant circulation which may cause the components to heat up. The heating of components could trigger a warning light and if it is ignored the Prius could overheat and go into “fail-safe” mode where engine power is reduced.

Why is not being called a recall? Well, some major automakers often repair campaigns that are separate from safety recalls filed with U.S. regulators in cases where they determine that a defect does not present a safety risk. Toyota said it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries from problems with the pump.

Toyota will begin notifying customers in the United States in early December.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: MSNBC