Toyota to Recall 2010 Prius After Brake Problems Emerge

February 8, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-With the news of yet another recall for Toyota, the stock of the beleaguered Japanese automaker took a tumble on Monday, with shares falling 1.1 percent. After numerous reports of problems with the braking system of its 2010 Prius hybrid, Toyota is poised to issue a recall of about 311,000 of the vehicles. This new expected recall comes on the heels of a massive recall of Toyota vehicles with lethal accelerator problems.

Regulators in the United States began an investigation into the faulty brake systems of the 2010 Prius last week, after complaints from owners saying that the brakes stopped working briefly when the vehicles traveled on uneven surfaces at low speeds.

It has since been revealed that Toyota knew of the Prius brake problems all along, and had quietly began repairing Priuses built since late January.

The brake problem is attributed to the Prius’ redesigned regenerative brake system, which uses energy from the wheels to help recharge the car’s battery. Toyota discovered that the braking problem occurred when the Prius switched to conventional from regenerative brakes at the point when antilock brake system became triggered.

See The New York Times for more.


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