Jordan Yerman, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Prius Brake Recall? Toyota Prius Brake Investigation Launched
A Toyota Prius brake recall may be on the horizon as The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received over 100 complaints about the brakes intalled in the latest model of the Toyota Prius hybrid, including two crashes. Now, the NHTSA has launched a formal investigation into the Prius and its brake problems and will determine if a Prius brake recall is needed
The Prius brake problem only adds to Toyota's woes, as the automaker is in the middle of a massive recall involving eight models of car. Toyota's PR stance has been to minimize the appearance of urgency in the recall, as evidenced by television ads airing in Canada, which pitch the recall as a peace-of-mind issue, and not as a true safety issue.
Japan's transport ministry said today it has also received 14 complaints since July last year about brake problems with Toyota's new Prius hybrid.
The problem presents itself as reduced braking power when driving on bumpy roads.
One of the possible causes of the braking problems, according to the Kyodo News Service, is that a sensor in the system that controls braking power receives a strong shock that causes a malfunction.