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by Tim Beissmann

Toyota has turned down an award from the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for the Prius in the midst of a global 437,000 hybrid vehicle recall.

The Prius was honoured alongside an air conditioner from Mitsubishi and a photocopier from Fuji Xerox, winning the annual grand prize for energy efficiency and ecological quality.

The winners were announced last month in the lead up to next Wednesday’s presentation ceremony, but Toyota informed the Ministry on Monday that it could not accept the award given recent events.

Toyota spokesman, Paul Nolasco, told Associated Press “We declined to accept the award, because we thought it is not appropriate”.

Toyota announced the global recall one week ago and now more than 200 complaints of a loss of brake feel have been have been raised around the world, including two in Australia.

A total of 2378 vehicles were recalled in Australia as a result of the antilock brake system-related issue.

The latest recall has taken total global Toyota recall numbers close to 8.5 million in the past year following the sticking accelerator problems and last year’s floor mat issue.

(with AP)




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