Prius brakes could be put on by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it was investigating the brake problems reported by owners of the 2010 Prius, a model that hasn't been recalled by Toyota. Yet.

But owners of earlier Prius models have also reported some hair-raising rides. When they survived them, that is.

Here's the NHTSA's summary of the action it took February 4:

NHTSA today announced it is opening a formal investigation of the Toyota Prius Hybrid model year 2010 to look into allegations of momentary loss of braking capability while traveling over an uneven road surface, pothole or bump. The agency received 124 reports from consumers, including four alleging that crashes occurred. Investigators have spoken with consumers and conducted pre-investigatory field work. "Safety is our top priority," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "That is why in recent weeks NHTSA has also issued a consumer advisory on the recall of several models of Toyota vehicles and the Pontiac Vibe involving pedal entrapment and sticky accelerator pedals. We will continue to monitor these issues closely."

Want to know more? You'll have to put the brakes on your curiosity, because the government site, like many of those Toyota models, is apparently undergoing a recall of its own. Click on the link for the full release, and you get this:

All National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web sites are currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. This may cause temporary problems when trying to access these pages.We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to try accessing the page at a later date.

Meanwhile, a Lakewood man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Toyota -- and the 2004-2009 Prius is included in his list of models targeted. Read more about that by clicking here.

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