BREAKING NEWS: Reports Say Toyota To Recall Prius, Investigating Lexus

A leading newspaper says Toyota Motor Corp. will recall 270,000 Prius hybrid vehicles over brake problems in the United States and Japan. Japan's top business newspaper, Nihon Keizai, said Friday that Toyota will soon notify Japan's transport ministry and the U.S. Department of Transportation of the recall. Takayuki Fujimoto, a transport ministry official, said the government has yet to receive a recall notice from Toyota. Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said the company has not yet decided whether to recall the model in the U.S. and Japan. On top of that, Toyota Motor Corp. now says it is investigating possible brake problems with its luxury Lexus hybrid in Japan and the United States. Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said Friday the Japanese auto giant has launched a probe into the Lexus HS250h model because it uses the same brake system as the Prius hybrid. Toyota is reportedly considering a recall of the Prius hybrid in Japan and the U.S. due to brake problems. Takeuchi said Toyota has not received any complaints about the Lexus HS250h model, and that the probe is to ensure safety. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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