U.S. opens investigation on Toyota Prius Brake Problem posing safety hazard
Safety regulators have opened an investigation into consumer complaints about brake problems on the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. This new safety hazard is the last in a line of recent safety complaints about Toyota vehicles that have caused the company to recall multiple vehicle lines. The Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it had received 124 complaints about momentary Prius braking problems after drivers rolled over bumps or potholes. Four crashes and two minor injuries were allegedly caused by the problem. It is currently unclear whether this investigation will lead to a recall.
In addition, the NHTSA is pressing ahead with a new investigation of complaints about Toyota electronic throttle systems to see if they are in any way related to unintended acceleration. Toyota says it has found no evidence of accelerator-related safety problems beyond those covered in two recent recalls covering 5.5 million vehicles in the United States and 2.6 million more worldwide.