Toyota's problems keep going. Now, U. S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into problems with the brakes on the 2010 Prius. The Prius is the world's top-selling hybrid vehicle. The Nikkei newspaper reported that Toyota would recall about 270,000 new Prius vehicles in the United States and Japan. However, Toyota representative Mike Michels said Toyota has no plans for suspension or a recall for the United States of Prius vehicles at this time.
The U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said they received over 100 complaints about braking problems after drivers rolled over bumps or potholes. They advised that four motorists reported accidents because of the braking problem.
Toyota sold approximately 140,000 Prius hybrids in the United States last year. Toyota reported that they have reworked the software program that controls the interaction between the regenerative braking and friction braking systems. According to Prius owners, the regenerative brakes slip on bumpy and/or icy roads causing the vehicle to lurch forward. This happens before the traditional brakes engage.
This is another example of when manufacturing parts fail the driver and cause personal injuries