TOKYO (AP) - The Japanese government says it's received 14
complaints in Japan about brake problems with Toyota's popular
Toyota's sales are being battered in the U.S. after recalls of
top-selling models to fix a gas pedal that can stick in the depressed position. The new Prius gas-electric hybrid, which went
on sale last year, is not part of the recalls, which extend to Europe and China and cover nearly 4.5 million vehicles.
The 14 complaints include an accident in July 2009, in which a
Prius crashed head on into another car at an intersection.
A Japanese transport ministry official says all the brake complaints involve vehicles made in Japan. But there also are
complaints in the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received
about 100 complaints involving the brakes of the Prius new model. Two involved crashes resulting in injuries.
Toyota is investigating.