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Feb 3, 2010 9:21 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Complaints over Toyota Prius brakes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received about 100 complaints involving the brakes of the Prius new model. Two involved crashes resulting in injuries.

The Japanese government has also received 14 complaints in Japan about brake problems with Toyota's popular Prius hybrid.

Toyota's sales are being battered in the U.S. after recalls of top-selling models to fix a gas pedal that can stick in the depressed position. The new Prius gas-electric hybrid, which went on sale last year, is not part of the recalls, which extend to Europe and China and cover nearly 4.5 million vehicles.

The Japanese complaints include an accident in July 2009, in which a Prius crashed head on into another car at an intersection.

Toyota is investigating.

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