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by Tim Beissmann

A global recall of the Toyota Prius over its inconsistent brake pedal feel issues could be announced as early as today as President, Akio Toyoda, aims to reach a solution and end speculation about the safety and reliability of his vehicles.

A spokesman from Toyota Motor Europe said continued discussions between global markets would mean a decision was made “very soon”, while a US Toyota Motor Sales spokesman said the company had not changed its plans to have a solution by early in the week.

Since its debut in May last year, Toyota has sold around 200,000 Prius hybrid vehicles in Japan, 103,000 in the US and 29,000 throughout Europe. Australia is one of 60 countries in which the Prius is sold, with just over 1700 of the third-generation vehicles delivered locally since its mid-2009 launch.

Reports are also suggesting any recall from Japan would most likely prompt an extended recall of the Toyota Sai hybrid and its sister car, the Lexus HS250h, which both use the same brake system as the Prius.

Lexus sold 15,500 HS250h vehicles globally between July and December last year, while numbers for the Japan-only Sai sedan reached 3800 in its debut sales month in December.

To reiterate, Toyota Australia has so far not issued a recall on any of its vehicles, and believes the Prius matter may affect the brake feel but not the car’s ability to stop.

More news as it comes to hand.

(with Reuters)




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