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Japan Orders Investigation of Toyota Prius Brake Complaints

Toyota may already have its hands full dealing with issues pertaining to accelerator pedals, but the Japanese government is insisting the automaker look into another topic: brakes on its popular Prius hybrid.

Automotive News says complaints of brake issues on the current Prius have been filed in both Japan and North America, with most complaints filed since the end of last year.

“All the complaints were nearly the same,” Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi told Automotive News. “They are usually about driving in bumpy or icy conditions and when you push the brake, there is an unusual feel.”

We’re used to an odd sensation when a hybrid vehicle transitions from hydraulic braking to regenerative (i.e. using the electric motors to slow the vehicle) braking, but complaints registered with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) imply a momentary pause in braking over loose surfaces.

Japan’s Ministry of Transportation hasn’t commented on its directive, and NHTSA has yet to issue an investigation of its own.

Source: Automotive News

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Buying Guide

2010 Toyota Prius

Fair Market Price $11,882 I Hatchback

0-60 MPH:

10.1 SECS

EPA MPG:

51 City / 48 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

Good