[UPDATED:] Remember Our Cover Story About Toyota Prius?
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|As the Weekly reported last year, Bobette Riner had her Prius a couple months before it took off and died, leaving her stranded on the side of the road. That left her stuck with a car she's afraid to drive.|
"We have been notified by some of our dealers in North America and Japan that customers are contacting them about issues with the brakes," Toyota spokesperson Paul Nolasco told ABC News about the Prius reports. "They experience an inconsistent brake feel when going over bumpy roads, over potholes or slippery surfaces."
You may recall Paul Knight's April 22, 2009, Weekly cover story "Wild Rides," which featured Prius owners sharing horror stories about their cars inexplicably crashing through forests, garage doors and gas stations.
Toyota spokespeople quoted in the story blamed misinstalled floor mats and simple driver error for the wild rides. But now that the U.S. and Japanese governments are applying heat, the world's largest carmaker seems to be taking Prius horror stories more seriously.
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|Lisa Rosen, her husband Doug Korthof and their beloved electric vehicle in 2006.|
"They were looking at all different ways to avoid doing the electric car, and one of those was the Prius," Korthof said. "They could say, 'We'll make a car that's a hybrid, and then you won't need an electric car.' The Prius was their way of getting out of the electric car, and it worked."
At what cost, to be determined.