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Wednesday, 3rd February 2010
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Japanese government orders Toyota investigation

The Japanese government has ordered car manufacturer Toyota to investigate alleged problems with the brakes in its new Prius car.

According to Japan's transport ministry, 14 motorists have so far complained about the brake pedals of its new hybrid Prius car. All the drivers claimed that the brakes temporarily stopped working when the car was being driven at low speeds on slippery roads, the ministry said.

The news is another blow for the world's biggest car maker, which has recently recalled millions of cars across the US, Europe and China.

Toyota's hybrid Prius has been the best-selling car in Japan for months in a row and is also the top-selling hybrid car across the globe.

Following the recall, sales of Toyota vehicles in the US fell by 16 per cent when compared with this time in 2009, leaving US giants Ford and General Motors to pick up higher proportions of the market share.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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