U.S. Investigating 2010 Toyota Prius Brakes

Toyota Prius

In brief: Amid recalls surrounding the gas pedals on several Toyota models and freezes on sales of those models, the U.S. government has said they will be investigating the braking system on the 2010 Prius, which some consumers have said are faulty.

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Make/Model: Prius
Manufacturer: Toyota

The word

Toyota Prius

Toyota was hit hard by recalls on half a dozen models of non-hybrid cars when it was found that accelerator (gas) pedals on them were sticking. Dealerships were ordered to freeze sales of those models, all of which were some of Toyota's most popular, until recall repair orders and parts could be distributed. Repairs on those are now underway.

That has been exacerbated by another announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which has now said they will be investigating claims by consumers that the brakes on the 2010 Prius models are faulty and a serious safety concern.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that they received 124 reports of problems with Prius brakes from consumers since the car went on sale late last year.

With 2.3 million vehicles already on recall by Toyota and assembly lines shut down for several models until a fix is in place, the company is seeing hard times as sales slumped by 16% in January.

And so ...

Not good for Toyota or its reputation for building reliable, quality vehicles.

Photo credits: Toyota

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