Embattled automaker Toyota has told its dealers that it's readying a fix for problems with the brake system of its Prius hybrid sedan. The Japanese carmaker also told dealers it's planning a public-relations campaign to deal with the fallout from the problems with its vehicles.
Toyota has told dealers it's preparing a plan to repair the brakes on thousands of hybrid Prius cars in the U.S., with more details to come soon. More than 100 drivers of 2010 Prius cars have complained that their brakes seemed to fail momentarily when they were driving on bumpy roads.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will look into reports that some Toyota Prius models suffer from momentary loss of braking power when encountering uneven road surfaces. The agency said it has received 124 complaints from consumers, including four involving crashes.
Overshadowing a profit report for its fiscal third quarter, a Toyota official says "We are investigating whether there are defects in the Prius." The quarterly report covers a period before the gas-pedal recall and others, so the profit is likely to be short-lived as Toyota scrambles to make repairs and rebuild its reputation.