DETROIT - U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that power-assisted brakes can fail at times in Camry gas-electric hybrids.
The probe covers about 30,000 of the
midsize cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration says it has 59 complaints about intermittent loss of power-brake
assist. The agency says the problem happens without warning. It causes
increased stopping distances and requires more pedal pressure to stop the car.
Two crashes have been reported but no
injuries. The agency says 24 incidents happened at speeds of 40 miles per hour
or more. It says the number of complaints is increasing, with 55 percent
received in the past eight months.
Investigators will try to find the
cause and determine if the cars should be recalled.