Toyota: brake problems are a glitch

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    Toyota said a computer problem is the cause of brake problems with their 2010 Prius.



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Toyota said a computer problem is the cause of brake problems with their 2010 Prius.

     
    Company officials call the problem a “disconnect” in the anti-lock brake system that causes a brake delay of under one second, CNN reports. For a car being driven at 60 mph that lag means the car will travel up to 90 feet before the brakes start working. 

     
    The effect here is twofold: Braking in a Prius, or any hybrid, recharges the battery a bit, and the electric motors in hybrids help slow down the vehicle.

     
    In January, the automaker changed the software used for its braking system in the 2010 Prius, but there’s no word on what may be done to fix earlier models. And no recall has been issued for the vehicle at this time.
     
    When asked if a recall was coming, Toyota’s managing officer Hiro Yuki Yokoyama said, “We would want a little more time.” He did not specify what the company would need the additional time for.

     
    Since the car came out last summer, more than 100 U.S. 2010 Prius drivers have filed complaints about poor braking systems. One owner alleged that on several occasions their car briefly accelerated when braking.

     
    A spokesman for the auto company told CNN, "The complaints received via our dealers center around when drivers are on a bumpy road or frozen surface. The driver steps on the brake, and they do not get as full of a braking feel as expected."

     

     

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