Trans­port Canada prob­ing six re­ports of brake prob­lems in 2010 Prius

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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.

Those in­volved gas ped­als that can get trapped un­der floor mats or be­come stuck on their own and fail to re­turn to the idle po­si­tion.

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