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U.S. government to investigate Prius

Announcement is the latest of Toyota’s woes


 

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched an investigation into brake problems in the 2010 Toyota Prius, adding to the Japanese automaker’s woes. The announcement follows reports that drivers temporarily lost the ability to brake on uneven road surfaces, the CBC reports. On Thursday, Toyota acknowledged design problems with the anti-lock brake system on its latest model of the Prius, a gas-electric hybrid, but the company has yet to decide how to inform people who bought them. The model under investigation first became available in May; about 170,000 were sold in Japan, and 103,000 in the U.S. In the U.S. and Japan, about 180 complaints have been lodged about braking problems. This follows a worldwide recall of 4.2 million Toyota vehicles over sticky accelerator pedals.

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U.S. government to investigate Prius

  1. And here, ladies and gentlemen, is the real reason government shouldn't become involved with private enterprise. I mean, they have more than a passing interest in the success of GM now, is it any surprise that Toyota very quickly comes under scrtiny?

    • I don't buy the conspiracy theory.

      It's more likely LaHood self-aggrandizing again. Check out all his foot in mouth comments about "stop driving" and "holding feet to the fire".

      His War on Distracted Driving now a bust, he is looking for the next thing to hang his hat on.

    • "I mean, they have more than a passing interest in the success of GM now, is it any surprise that Toyota very quickly comes under scrtiny?"

      Spot on, Thwim. U.S. Department of Transportation is lead by a guy from Chicago and his surname is LaHood.

      The government as mafia – "nice company you got there, shame if anything happens to it." Welcome to Chicago politics!

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