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Toyota apology for cars recall

Toyota's president yesterday apologised for the car company's global recalls.

Akio Toyoda also promised to beef up quality control by setting up a special committee he would head himself.

He said the car maker was still deciding what to do to fix braking problems with the popular Prius gas-electric hybrid.

Mr Toyoda, the grandson of Toyota's founder, was speaking at a hastily called news conference in Nagoya, Japan. Toyota has acknowledged the new Prius that went on sale in May last year has braking problems but Mr Toyoda did not announce a recall.

Some owners of the 2010 Prius have reported that their brakes do not always engage immediately when they press the brake pedal, or that the brakes have an inconsistent feel. The problem has been fixed with a software programming change for Prius vehicles sold in Japan and overseas since late January, but not for vehicles sold before then.

Safety questions surround Toyota, which has already issued broad recalls for millions of its best-selling vehicles, including the Corolla and Camry, because of accelerator pedals that can become stuck.

Belfast Telegraph