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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Toyota denied today that brake problems on its Prius hybrid cars were a safety issue in Britain despite speculation in Japan that the crisis could deepen tomorrow if the company recalls 270,000 vehicles in the US and Japan.
In a defiant move, executives assured the Department for Transport's Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Vosa) that the latest problem to affect its cars, in which a software glitch in the third generation Prius affects the brakes on rough and slippery surfaces, does not endanger drivers.
It claimed the problem might be caused by "driver error", but Vosa reserved the right to insist on a recall if it …