Complaints over Toyota Prius brakes

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:34 AM

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government says it's received 14 complaints in Japan about brake problems with Toyota's popular Prius hybrid.

Toyota's sales are being battered in the U.S. after recalls of top-selling models to fix a gas pedal that can stick in the depressed position. The new Prius gas-electric hybrid, which went on sale last year, is not part of the recalls, which extend to Europe and China and cover nearly 4.5 million vehicles.

The 14 complaints include an accident in July 2009, in which a Prius crashed head on into another car at an intersection.

A Japanese transport ministry official says all the brake complaints involve vehicles made in Japan. But there also are complaints in the U.S.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received about 100 complaints involving the brakes of the Prius new model. Two involved crashes resulting in injuries.

Toyota is investigating.

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: FILE - In this June 5, 2009 file photo, workers give the final checkup on new Prius hybrid vehicles at Toyota Tsutsumi Plant in Toyota, central Japan. The Japanese government said Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 it has received 14 complaints in Japan about brake problems with the popular hybrid.

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