A Georgia woman has filed a class-action lawsuit in Northern Kentucky against Toyota on behalf of Prius owners who have experienced braking problems.
In the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Christine Stadler said she was injured after her 2005 Prius failed to stop at an intersection and crashed into an SUV on July 16.
The suit alleges that "Toyota failed to notify purchases, lessees, and the Hybrid-using public about the dangers, and failed to provide necessary corrections to enable drivers to properly stop their vehicles."
Toyota has recalled about 150,000 model year 2010 Prius hybrids in the United States for a software glitch involving the anti-lock braking systems. No other models are affected by that particular recall, according to Toyota's Web site.
However, the suit contends that Toyota has received complaints as far back as 2004 about the braking in the Prius and its other hybrid models.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has received 124 complaints involving the 2010 Prius and 44 involving earlier hybrids, according to the suit.
Class-action suits involving the Prius have also been filed in California, Alabama and Canada.