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Toyota admits to Prius brake problems almost immediately
Toyota said today that it had found design problems with the Prius' anti-lock braking system, but had corrected the issue for models sold since late January. The company did not, however, roll out a plan for dealing with models sold before then.
There have been about 180 complaints regarding the best-selling hybrid's braking system, mostly due to odd or reduced braking feel on bumpy or icy roads. A Toyota spokesman said the lag feeling is due to both the gas engine and electric motor.
According to a report in USA Today: "When the car moves on a bumpy or slippery surface, a driver can feel a pause in the braking when the vehicle switches between the traditional hydraulic brakes and the electronically operated braking system, [Paul Nolasco] said. The brakes start to work if the driver keeps pushing the pedal, but the driver may momentarily feel they aren't working, he said. Fixing that included a software programming change, he said."
The problems have been reported in both the U.S. and Japan. A major Japanese dealership said that the parent company had informed dealers that the brakes could sometimes fail to work for less than a second, but had not told owners.
Whether a recall will be issued to fix the problem has not yet been decided.
(Source: USA Today)
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