Brake Failures Alleged for Toyota Prius


An article at TheDetroitBureau Web site points to more potential problems for Toyota. This time the alleged defect concerns the brakes on the new Prius model. In this new version of the popular hybrid, the battery recharges as the vehicle decelerates. To quote the article, “…it appears that the transition from regenerative braking to hydraulic braking is not transparent to drivers. Under certain conditions, the driver needs to press harder on the brake pedal to obtain the same stopping performance the regenerative system working in conjunction with the hydraulic brakes initially provides. Drivers are clearly upset by longer than expected stopping distances.” Here are other excerpts....

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