Transport Canada probing six reports of brake problems in 2010 Prius
TORONTO (CP) — Toyota Canada says it’s aware of a “small number” of reports of what it calls inconsistent brake feel in some of its 2010 Prius hybrids and Transport Canada is investigating the problem.
The automaker said Thursday that some customers have reported problems when they hit their brakes on rough or slippery road surfaces and the anti-lock brake system is activated.
Transport Canada has received six complaints relating to the Prius brake problem, all received in the past two months, said department spokesman James Kusie. None of these complaints involved an accident.
“Transport Canada is renting a Prius and is testing it to try and replicate the problem,” Kusie said in an email.
Toyota said it’s working with Transport Canada on the issue but won’t comment until the investiga- tion is finished.
The company said it made a change in production of the 2010 Prius last month to improve the anti-lock brake system’s “response time, as well as the system’s overall sensitivity to tire slippage.”
The automaker’s American division is also evaluating the brake problems along with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but says it’s too soon to talk about a recall. The safety agency said it had received 124 reports from consumers about Prius brake problems, including four reports of crashes.
The U.S. investigation, while preliminary, represents another setback for Toyota, which has been battered with two major recalls covering millions of vehicles.
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