Looks like Toyota is about to throw the emergency brake on the brake problems the 2010 Prius is experiencing. "Ouch," say forward-thinking automotive pundits everywhere.
Expect the inevitable overwrought American consumer backlash against anything not . Hell, with any luck we'll be back to burning whale oil by 2011!
But seriously, I've been wary of the Prius' brake system since its inception. Not because of any precognitive ability re: the current situation, mind you. I just think that it's playing with fire to throw too many variables in there with the big damn clamps that keep me from dying. Academically, I like the idea of reclaiming kinetic energy and channeling it back into a usable form, but not at the risk of screwing up a mission-critical system. Put some solar cells on the roof or something instead, Toyota.
As far as I can tell, my misgivings are entirely theoretical in nature, and the issues currently facing the Prius are not related to my loony rants. Which is a shame, really - risk management consultants make a lot of money.