FML: Toyota Edition – Investigation Ordered For Prius' Brakes

07_2010_toyota_prius_abgWhen it rains, it pours… that’s probably the understatement of the year for Toyota. Seriously, 2010 has so far treated the company like a used piece of toilet paper.

First, Toyota had to recall eight of its new models for sticking gas pedals/floor mat issues (most of which were volume sellers such as Corolla, Camry and RAV4), then it got slammed (and may now get fined) for not initiating the recall sooner, then Toyota’s rivals GM, Ford, Chrysler and Hyundai offered specific incentives to lure away disgruntled customers, then it got its ‘recommended’ status stripped from Consumer Reports as result of the recall, then this all became the subject of an investigation by the U.S government which then called the company “safety deaf”, then it became the subject of a class action law suit over the sticking pedals and now the Japanese Government has officially ordered an investigation into the brakes on the 3rd generation Toyota Prius.

In Japan, there have been dozens of complaints of temporary brake loss at low speeds or in slick road conditions. This is obviously another safety issue that the biggest car company in the world now has to deal with. No word on if only Priuses in Japan are affected by these alleged issues. UPDATE: The U.S government is now launching an investigation for the same issues after receiving over 100 complaints about the Prius’ brakes.

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