UPDATE: Braking Issue In 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid, Recall TBD Page 2

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Also different: Woz

The latest Prius anti-lock braking problem also seems to be separate from the problems experienced by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, aka Woz, in his new 2010 Toyota Prius.

He complained on Monday about sudden acceleration in that car, though he noted he was able to replicate the problem at will. It's possible that behavior may be related to the unusual control interface for the cruise-control system used by Toyota on its hybrids.

Toyota's shining star

The Prius midsize hatchback may be Toyota's most visible vehicle. It defines the company's achievement in developing hybrid-electric vehicles, of which it has sold more than 2 million globally since 1997--about two-thirds of all the hybrids in the world.

It is by far Toyota's highest-production hybrid, with about 1.2 million made over 14 years. Roughly half of those have been sold in the U.S., the world's largest market for hybrids, which now represent almost 3 percent of new car sales there.

As of 2009, the Prius was the third-best-selling car for Toyota in the U.S., following the midsize Camry and compact Corolla (though light trucks and crossovers are not included in those numbers).

[The New York Times]

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Comments (7)
  1. It seems to be going from bad to worse for Toyota. Thanks for the very informative advice. One thing I think I should perhaps add to this is that there is nothing wrong with just turning off your engine, providing it is safe to do so, and that you can maintain a straight course. You will lose much of the ability to steer but the acceleration issue will at least be solved. I would however only recommend this as a last resort. In the meantime, why not at least have a laugh at the whole affair. I found this. Hope everyone likes it. http://www.farcecars.com/the-car-behind-is-a-toyota

  2. @alitann: Thanks for the good words.
    For those readers who don't know, the way to turn off a car with a "Start" button (rather than a conventional ignition key) is to HOLD THE BUTTON DOWN FOR AT LEAST THREE SECONDS.

  3. I heard about the pedal recall I had no idea it affected my NON toyota car good thing I found more info here http://www.carpedalrecall.com
    searched for my make, model, year and found my car had been recalled so look out! it could save a life maybe yours
    don't understandhow seriousor what the car pedal recall is about?
    just watch this video at the end it also shows how to stop a out of control car very useful

  4. Regarding the Prius brake defects when you use advanced computer technology like that it must be thoroughly tested for glitches.

  5. Our the brakes on our Lexus 250 did the same thing as described in the article about the 2010 Prius. Has anyone else had this problem?

  6. This is bad news for Toyota. Recalling the 2010 Prius for brake glitches will tarnish the reputation of the maker and the model. Hybrids and electric cars are the greenest technology in the mainstream and it would be a shame to see their production and popularity stalled over safety issues.
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  7. Now that the press has caught up to Toyota people who own 1995 through 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickups need to know that the frames have a serious rusting issue. Toyota is keeping this quiet with the NHSTA by having what they call a "CSC" customer satisfaction campaign. They filed this with the NHSTA back in November 2008. I have not found one person who has been notified by Toyota of this issue. I have sent my truck and four other peoples trucks to the dealer for this very serious issue. If you have a Tacoma or Tundra pickup you need to inspect your frame. IT COULD BE VERY DANGEROUS. Check the NHSTA.GOV website for this CSC.

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