Prius brakes. Toyota knew, didn't tell you.Submitted by amerianna on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 19:39
by Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer
February 04, 2010: 04:48 PM EST
Toyota has known about brake problems in its popular Prius cars for some time, going so far as to fix it in new production vehicles, but has kept Prius drivers in the dark about the problem until the Japanese government called for an investigation.
That's little consolation to those driving Priuses made before then which seem to be the source of mounting complaints about brake performance and have been linked to four crashes...
It seems there is much, much more to this story:
In an internal Toyota document used as part of a company presentation on its government relations, dated July 6, 2009, the phrase "Negotiated equipment' recall on Camry/ES re: [sudden acceleration], saved $100
million+ with no defect found" is among a bullet-pointed list of "WINS."
The reference was apparently to a September 2007 recall to secure floor mats that could trap the cars' gas pedals.
'Toyota defense' could reverse criminal conviction
A man serving eight years for vehicular homicide because of a fatal crash involving his Toyota Camry is hoping for exoneration amid concerns over unintended acceleration in some of Toyota's vehicles.
Koua Fong Lee has always maintained his innocence in the 2006 crash. Then 29 years old, he was driving home from Sunday services with his pregnant wife, father, daughter, brother and niece in his 1996 Toyota Camry...
Relatives of the victims, who asked the judge to give him the maximum sentence, NOW support him, said Bob Hilliard, a Texas lawyer who is preparing a lawsuit against Toyota on the family's behalf.
The 1996 Camry is not a part of Toyota's recall.