The latest version of the world's most popular hybrid has so far been excluded from the Toyota recall mess. While we've heard of brake problems with the third-gen Prius – and Seve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., complained as well – it wasn't until yesterday that Toyota admitted that there is a software problem in the 2010 Prius. The Prius is still technically not part of the recall, but the company changed the software in January and will now need to deal with all of the 2010 Priuses built and sold before then.
As we speculated yesterday, the problem comes from the way the Prius' complicated anti-lock brake system can have a lag when driving on uneven or frozen surfaces. Over 100 complaints about the issue were filed with the NHTSA in the past year. As far as anyone knows, second-generation Prius models (2004-2009 model years) are not affected by the brake issue. Keep up with Autoblog's full coverage of the Toyota recall here. Toyota's UK office said there were no problems with the 2010 Prius there. Read the statement after the jump.
*UPDATE: NHTSA opens official investigation.