As if Toyota wasn’t already dealing with enough quality troubles resulting in a massive 2.3 million vehicle recall, another headache has just popped up for the Japanese automaker. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received about 100 complaints involving the brakes of the 2010 Prius. Two involved crashes resulted in injuries.
Japan’s transport ministry said that they have also received 14 complaints since last July. In one of the 14 complaints, a Prius crashed head on into another car at an intersection.
“The Prius driver in the accident told police that a brake did not work,” Transport ministry official Masaya Ota said. “Other Prius drivers also complained brakes were not so sharp.”
Ota said that the ministry ordered Toyota to investigate the complaints but has yet to receive a formal report on the matter. Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said the company has received reports about the Prius’ brake complaints in North America and in Japan and is now looking into the situation.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News