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Toyota Prius in Big New Service Action--But It's Not A Recall

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In the latest recall to affect its Prius hybrid hatchback, Toyota says it will fix nearly 400,000 cars to correct a cooling-pump flaw.

The Wall Street Journal reports Toyota will repair some 650,000 Prius hybrids worldwide, including 390,000 in the U.S. The vehicles could overheat as a result of the flaw.

Toyota says it's not forced to recall the vehicles, but is doing so to keep its customers satisfied. The company has yet to release details on the service action in the U.S., but the number of cars involved suggests it's the second-generation Prius that is affected.

The Prius has been involved in some of Toyota's biggest recalls in the past year, including those for sticking accelerator pedals and loose floor mats in 2009. The Prius also has been recalled for reprogramming for its anti-lock brakes.

In all, Toyota has recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles in the past two years.

A new MPV version of the Prius is expected to bow at January's 2011 Detroit auto show.

[Wall Street Journal]
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