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Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

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Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

Toyota have announced that thy have identified the software issue with the Prius Braking system;
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

Nice one Chilly Grin
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

What ever happened to KISS.....?  put your foot on the brake pedal.................. compress some fluid.................... brakes applied.................. vehicle slows or stops? 
doesn`t really need a computer to do that does it?  Roll eyes
deekay
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

Toyota are telling their customers to drive to their dealers in cars which have faulty brakes.
I thought it was illegal to drive a vehicle if it is known to have faulty brakes.
So, isn''t Toyota instructing its customers to do something which is both dangerous and against the law?
Shouldn't Toyota be coming to collect the car and take it to be repaired on a transporter?
Just wondering.
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

deekay, Yes to all.
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

@ Shutter
It a Hybrid Car, half electric traction plus Petrol.  When braking it tries to preserve the energy into batteries before applying the normal brakes, it is this switch over where the hiccup appears, disconcerting but apparently not dangerous
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

@deekay - There was a lawyer on BBC Radio 2 saying that legally - if you drove the car on the road and had an accident, you could find yourself in trouble if you knew of this defect.
i.e you knowingly drove the vehicle knowing had possibly faulty breaks.
tricky.
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

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Prius Braking system

I often drive a prius.
Ram my foot on the brake and the car stops pretty quickly, gently 'toe' the brake, there's a funny motion feels like ABS kicking in, takes a few touches of the Brake to get the feel of it, then it becomes second nature.
Problem I have is standing at the lights the engine cuts out, dead silent, has me reaching for the start switch.
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

Honda has started to re-call some of their cars due to faulty airbags - but not in the UK so far.
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Re: Problem with Toyota Prius braking system identified.

I appreciate the concern about this run of recalls for Toyota, but the level of adverse publicity they've got over this is in my opinion somewhat OTT. By that I mean you could easily get the impression Toyota were the only motor company that had ever had a recall. When in fact all manufacturers have recalls with some very serious safety issues involved from time to time without being subjected to this level vilification.
At least Toyota have not sought to deny the faults, as many other manufacturers have done in the past (mainly European makers) Peugeot denied for years they had a problem with bonnet latches that would open at speed, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
I have a Toyota Avensis (not involved in either recall) don't particularly like Prius to drive but, I would buy another Toyota tomorrow.
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