WASHINGTON - The Transportation Department says it will investigate brake problems in the 2010 Toyota Prius.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 124 reports from consumers, including those of four crashes. Toyota acknowledged the brake problem while reporting a $1.7 billion profit for last quarter.
Meanwhile, Toyota USA says it is evaluating brake problems with the 2010 Prius gas-electric hybrid, but no decision has been made about a recall. Company spokesman Brian Lyons says it's too soon to talk about a recall. He says the automaker is cooperating fully with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe into the brake troubles.
The government is investigating reports that antilock brakes can fail momentarily on some 2010 Prius models in slippery conditions or on rough roads. The company says it made a change in the 2010 braking system last month to correct cars in production.
The company has not made a decision about cars on the road. The U.S. government says it has received 124 reports from consumers about the Prius brakes, including four reports of crashes.