Ford has become the latest victim of concerns over the braking systems of hybrid cars. The American company is to recall some 17,600 examples of its Sedan model.
Software glitches have been blamed for a perception of inadequate braking. The recall comes hot on the heels of news that Toyota is under investigation from US safety authorities over braking problems with its flagship Prius hyybrid car.
Meanwhile lawyers in Miami are preparing a class action against the Japanese constructor.
“We have already thousands of people because it is a class action,” said Attorney John H. Ruiz. “We are getting calls and people are signing up with different types of cars, not only Toyota but Lexus as well because Toyota manufactures Lexus.”
Hybrid cars collect energy generated from braking and it is the interaction between this technology and conventional brakes which is causing problems.
Toyota has also had difficulties with accelerator pedals and is likely to lose some 1.5 billion euros because of safety recalls and lost sales this year.