Toyota still mulling decision on Prius brakes

The company's president apologizes for the global recalls of other models and annouces quality-control efforts.

By TheStreet Staff Feb 5, 2010 1:09PM

TheStreetCredit: (© Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet

 

Toyota (TM) president Akio Toyoda apologized Friday for the global recalls at the automaker and said he will lead a committee to focus on quality control.

 

Toyoda (pictured) said the company is still deciding what to do about fixing brake problems in the popular Prius hybrid, The Associated Press reports.

 

It was reported earlier that Toyota intended to alert U.S. and Japanese governments about plans to recall 270,000 Prius hybrids, but the world's No. 1 automaker said no decision has been made.

 

"Nothing has been decided on whether we will recall or not," spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi told AP.

 

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Toyota said Thursday there were design problems with the antilock brake system in the new Prius, which went on sale in May. The automaker has corrected the design for Prius models sold since late January but not for vehicles sold before that time.

 

The braking problems on the Prius came to light after Toyota began a massive global recall because of sticking gas pedals. The Prius wasn't part of this recall. (Post continues after video)

 

Ford (F), meanwhile, plans to fix 17,600 Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion gas-electric hybrids because of a software problem that can give drivers the impression that the brakes have failed. The automaker says the problem occurs in transition between two braking systems and at no time are drivers without brakes, AP reports.

 

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