New Toyota Recall Will Include Prius

There’s breaking news that Toyota officials plan to recall 300,000 Prius hybrids due to brake defects and mechanical failures. Kyodo news agency is reporting that the recall involves those Prius hybrids that went on sale from May of last year until last month. There have been 100 or so complaints from US customers that the Prius brakes appear to fail when driving on bumpy roads.
This latest recall news comes at a tough time for the Japanese auto maker. The NY Times published an article yesterday highlighting the manufacturing defects in Toyota vehicles as well as the company’s tardy response to safety issues. For instance, the sticky pedal issue has been known since December 2008 when it first surfaced in Europe. Toyota officials were slow to respond and/or warn consumers about certain manufacturing defects and safety problems with their vehicles.