Toyota Halts Prius Orders, Recalls 135K Hybrids in Japan Over Rear Door Handle Issue

By John Lopez

Apr 17, 2024 02:30 PM EDT

Toyota Motor Corporation recently announced the suspension of Prius orders and the recall of over 135,000 hybrid vehicles in Japan.

The move is a response to a problem with the rear door handles, which could potentially pose a risk to drivers and passengers.

Why Is Toyota Recalling 135,000 Prius Hybrids in Japan?

Reuters said the affected Prius models were manufactured between November 2022 and April 2024. Toyota spokespersons emphasized that no accidents have been reported due to the identified fault, yet the company is taking proactive measures to ensure customer safety.

The issue primarily revolves around door switches supplied by Tokai Rika Co. It is estimated that the recall will incur costs amounting to 11 billion yen ($71 million) for the supplier. 

While there have been three reported complaints related to the defect, no confirmed accidents have been linked to it, as stated in Toyota's recall filing with the Japanese transport ministry, cited by Nippon.

The recall encompasses cars produced over a significant period, highlighting the scale of the operation required to rectify the problem. The root cause, as outlined in the filing, is attributed to inadequate waterproofing of rear door parts, which could lead to water leaks and short-circuiting.

Toyota Motor Corporation unveils the companys all-new Prius during the World Premiere in Tokyo on November 16, 2022.
(Photo : Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

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In response to the recall, Toyota has halted operations at a production line at its plant in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, where the affected Prius models were manufactured. Furthermore, the company has temporarily ceased accepting orders for the Prius, signaling its commitment to prioritizing safety and addressing the issue promptly.

However, it remains unclear whether Prius cars sold outside Japan are subject to the same recall, as no information has been provided regarding international measures.

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In other news, Toyota has unveiled pricing details for the 2025 Camry, as reported by Carscoops. The latest iteration of the midsize sedan introduces significant upgrades and styling changes, including the exclusive availability of a hybrid powertrain. With a starting price of $28,400 for the entry-level FWD model, the Camry offers a compelling option for consumers.

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