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Feb 10, 2010 9:55 AM by Associated Press

Brake repair starting for Toyota's Prius

Brake repair work is starting in Japan on the recalled Toyota Prius hybrid, but this fix has nothing to do with wrenches and screwdrivers. Mechanics are using a small laptop-like device that rewrites computer programming for the brakes. The car's faulty programming - which can cause a slight delay in braking - is replaced with correct programming in less than 10 minutes and virtually without a sound.

Some 400,000 Prius vehicles globally, about half of them in Japan where the gas-electric hybrid is manufactured, will get a repair for the glitch in the antilock brake system.

Prius owners in Japan are the first to get the fix and a similar repair for 139,000 Prius cars sold in North America will follow as dealers notify owners next week. A fix is also in the works for 53,000 Prius cars in Europe.

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