Nhtsa Opens Investigation In Prius Braking Complaints

02.04.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a formal investigation into 124 complaints claiming the 2010 Toyota Prius has stopping issues.  The popular hybrid model is under scrutiny over complaints of temporary braking problems when motorists hit potholes or bumps.  Officials with the Japanese manufacturer didn't immediately comment but engineers there say they've fixed a software issue related to anti-lock brakes.

The investigation comes as Toyota scrambles to address a two-million-plus vehicle recall that put sales at a virtual stand still and sent stocks into a daily plunge.  That recall was prompted by sticking gas pedals causing unwanted acceleration in some instances.  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently met with Toyota president Akio Toyoda , who assured him the company takes "U.S. safety concerns seriously."