2012 Toyota Prius C Recall Request Denied by Federal Safety Regulators | Edmunds

2012 Toyota Prius C Recall Request Denied by Federal Safety Regulators


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Saturday rejected a petition demanding a recall of the 2012 Toyota Prius C after an owner filed a complaint in January 2013 regarding a braking issue.
  • NHTSA opened a review into 23,920 2012 Prius C vehicles after an owner complained of a harsh transition from electric to IC (internal combustion) power and excessive brake pedal travel during normal brake application.

WASHINGTON The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Saturday rejected a petition demanding a recall of the 2012 Toyota Prius Cafter an owner filed a complaint in January 2013 regarding a braking issue.

NHTSA opened a review into 23,920 2012 Prius C vehicles after an owner complained of a harsh transition from electric to IC (internal combustion) power and excessive brake pedal travel during normal brake application.

Federal safety regulators said that after a test drive and vehicle inspection, no "actionable" problem was found within the petitioner's vehicle.

"Broader review of the consumer complaints reported for all variants of the subject vehicle showed no indication that either the reported jolting sensation or the brake performance concerns reported are occurring in this vehicle population at a level that would require investigative action by NHTSA," the agency said in a posting on its Web site.

It added: "In the agency's view, additional investigation is unlikely to result in a finding that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists in the subject vehicles. Therefore, given the need to allocate and prioritize NHTSA limited resources to best accomplish the agency's safety mission, the petition is denied."

Edmunds says: If you're the owner of a 2012 Toyota Prius C who has been following this review for more than 18 months, be reassured that no action is necessary.

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