Report: Toyota to recall Prius over brakes

(AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. will recall 270,000 Prius hybridvehicles over brake problems in the United States and Japan, aleading newspaper said Friday.

The recall would affect the new Prius hybrid model, which wenton sale in the United States and Japan in May 2009, Japan's topbusiness newspaper, Nihon Keizai, said Friday.

It said Toyota would soon notify Japan's transport ministry andthe U.S. Department of Transportation of the recall.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK also said Friday that Toyota wasconsidering a recall of Prius hybrids in the U.S. and Japan.

Takayuki Fujimoto, a transport ministry official, said thegovernment has yet to receive a recall notice from Toyota. Toyotacannot announce a recall in Japan until it notifies the ministry.

Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said Friday that Toyota hadnot yet decided whether to recall the Prius.

"Nothing has been decided on whether we will recall or not,"Takeuchi said.

More than 170,000 of the new Prius models have been sold inJapan. Around 103,000 have been sold in the U.S. since last May.

Toyota acknowledged Thursday design problems with the brakes inits prized Prius, adding to the catalog of safety woes at theJapanese automaker as it reels from global recalls of nearly 4.5million vehicles for faulty gas pedals.

Toyota said it had corrected problems with the antilock brakesystem in Prius models sold since late last month, including thoseshipped overseas.

But the company said it was still deciding what steps to take tofix the problem in Prius cars sold in Japan and overseas beforelate January.

A total of about 180 complaints about braking problems in thePrius - the world's top-selling gas-electric hybrid - have beenreported in the U.S. and Japan.

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