NHTSA to Look Into 2010 Toyota Prius Braking Problems
The Japanese Government Told Toyota to do the Same
Now's not a good time for Toyota, and it's not a good time for the 2010 Prius hybrid, a kind of "halo" car for the company. Yesterday, I wrote about an acceleration problem that Apple co-founder and engineer extraordinaire Steve Wozniak found on his 2010 Prius, but today it is the car's brakes that come under scrutiny.
Yesterday it was announced that the Japanese authorities at the Transport Ministry had asked Toyota to look into at least 14 reports of brake malfunction on the 2010 Prius hybrid. "The company had not yet decided about a recall, but a spokeswoman, Ririko Takeuchi, said a defect with the brakes could not be ruled out."
Today, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it was opening an investigation into the reported braking problems ("momentary loss of braking capability while traveling over an uneven road surface, pothole or bump") with the 3rd generation Prius.
The NYT writes: "In Japan on Thursday, Toyota's manager in charge of quality, Hiroyuki Yokoyama, said the company had identified the problem and corrected the glitch for Priuses sold since late January. He said the company was still considering what actions to take for cars already on the road and had not ruled out a recall."
I wouldn't be surprised if a recall was coming, but there's also a real risk that this will be blown out of proportion. Let's wait for more facts.
Via everywhere, but among other places, the New York Times
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