Latest update: 04/02/2010
Reputation in tatters for world N°1
Eight million Toyota vehicles worldwide had to be recalled after a fault was found with accelerators, and detachable carpets kept sticking to the pedals. This time, it's the brakes on the car maker's Prius brand that's causing trouble. The Japanese firm has received dozens of complaints at home and around a hundred from the United States. It's a particular blow for Toyota - as the world's biggest selling hybrid car, the Prius is the company's pride and joy.