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Toyota Ordered To Investigate Prius Braking Issues

Posted in General, Newsworthy, Safety, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | February 3rd, 2010 | 2 Responses |

2010 Toyota Prius

Japan’s Ministry of Transportation has directed Toyota to investigate a series of consumer complaints related to the braking system on third generation Prius models. These complaints come from customer’s in both Toyota’s domestic market and the United States. While the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to demand a recall of Prius models, the agency is investigating over one hundred complaints related to braking issues in the Prius.

Braking issues reported most commonly occur on rough or icy pavement, which has historically been a challenge for all anti-lock braking systems. Narrow, low rolling resistance tires as used on Prius models may offer increased fuel mileage, but at the expense of traction and braking ability. Could this latest blemish for Toyota simply be a case of operator error, or is it another example of cost savings with a disregard to safety?

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2 Responses

  1. Carole Ford says:

    It seems like Toyota did know about it and took it upon themselves to repair the problem

  2. Kurt says:

    Carole, you’re correct – Toyota did indeed come up with a fix for the problem, which was implemented with January 2010 production. The problem is that they’ve not issued a fix for owners of cars built before 1/2010.