Toyota on Thursday admitted there was a design problem with the braking system in its popular Prius hybrid, the latest in a series of problems to dent the Japanese giant's vaunted reputation for safety.
For the first time, the company also gave an estimate on the costs of the U.S. recall at up to $2 billion — $1.1 billion for the costs for the repairs and $770-880 million in lost sales. It also forecast a global demand drop of 100,000 vehicles.
About the Prius, the company said it had redesigned the anti-lock braking system (ABS) for the latest version produced since last month.
"The design changes on the ABS were implemented in January," said Hiroyuki Yokoyama, in charge of quality control at Toyota.
"The brakes are slow but if you continue to step on them, the car will stop," he said.
The company had earlier in the day announced its return to profit in the October-December quarter.
It reported a quarterly net profit of 153.2 billion yen ($1.7 billion, Rs 7,820 crore). It had reported a 164.7 billion yen loss in the same quarter a year ago.