Concerns have been around for a while regarding 2010 Prius brakes, but the story hadn’t received much traction in the news. Amid the huge publicity of the sudden acceleration dangers in other Toyota models, the Prius problem has surfaced in the press.

“Users are noticing defects and there have been accidents,” the Japanese transport minister, Seiji Maehara, said today. “This leads me to believe Toyota has not put consumers first.”

It is believed the Japanese government has ordered Toyota to investigate the Prius brakes and is pressing for a recall. Thursday the NHTSA announced it would open an investigation into the car’s brakes.

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