Toyota Prius Brake Issues Surface
According to DetNews, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received about 100 complaints involving the brakes of the Prius, with at least two of them involving crashes which resulted in injuries.
In Japan, 14 complaints have been received since July last year, including an accident in July 2009, which resulted in two injuries. The rest of the incidents happened in December 2009 and January 2010, about the same time when the Toyota braking issues became public.
"The Prius driver in the accident told police that a brake did not work. Other Prius drivers also complained brakes were not so sharp," Japanese transport ministry official Masaya Ota told the source. As a result, Ota ordered Toyota to investigate the problems. Toyota replied it is already looking into the matter.
It is not clear at this point how many of the complaints received related to the Prius really refer to an actual problem. With all the debate stirred by Toyota's recall, is only natural for people to feel afraid in their Toyotas, but this doesn't mean the problem, at least in Prius' case, is real.
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The only problem with the braking issue is non education by Toyota.
I have a 2007 Gen II Prius. I did experience a different braking on rough and icy conditions. No problem. This condition is part of the design of the system.
The many new owners who have never driven a hybrid wonder, what's this? Hybrids have regenerative baking system which is not on so called ABS only autos. Many new owners to GREEN CARS are not used to this braking action.
Toyota should explain this action of braking. That would be the FIX.