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Toyota recalls Prius cars worldwide

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Toyota is set to recall about 437,000 Prius and other hybrid models from around the world to resolve braking problems.

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota, is going to outline plans to deal with the issue, including plans for a possible recall in the US, during a news conference to be held at the company's Tokyo office.

Meanwhile, a Toyota official told The Associated Press that the car giant is going to recall the Prius gas-electric hybrid in Europe in addition to Japan.

It is estimated that a total of around 3000,000 Prius cars may be recalled if the Japanese car firm decides upon recalling the model in the US and other regions.

The Prius brake problem is the latest safety issue for Toyota, which recently recalled millions of vehicles worldwide in order to fix other lapses, including an issue surrounding accelerator pedals.

Toyota officials informed Japan's transport ministry that the company is recalling the 2010 Prius gas-electric hybrid and two other hybrid models.

The car giant has received around 200 complaints in the US and Japan about brake problems with its flagship Prius hybrid, which went on sale last year.

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