Toyota ordered by Japan to address Prius brake complaints
Toyota Motor Corp., already grappling with recalls totaling 8.1 million vehicles on five continents, has been ordered by Japan’s Ministry of Transportation to investigate a rash of consumer complaints about braking problems in its popular third-generation Prius hybrid vehicle. Specifically the 2010 model as the Japaneses government has ordered Toyota to investigate the car’s braking system.
The Japanese carmaker has received several complaints about braking in the Prius in both Japan and North America since the end of last year. A computerized search for the 2010 Prius on the online data base at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration generated at least 102 complaints against the car.
The U.S. complaints accounted for at least two injuries. Drivers typically complain about losing braking ability — often while driving over bumpy roads — or feeling the brakes give way.
News of the fresh investigation comes as the world’s largest automaker struggles to rein in a recall crisis aimed at fixing incidents of unintended acceleration in some of its vehicles. Since last fall, Toyota has recalled 8.1 million vehicles worldwide — more cars than it sold last year.
The current generation of the Toyota Prius is the third best selling car in Toyota’s U.S. model line.