1. Toyota President Akio Toyoda walking to news conference and taking seat
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Akio Toyoda, Toyota President:
"Earlier today we submitted the recall notifications in regard to four models; the Prius, the Prius plug-in hybrid, the Sai and the HS250h. The notification are in regard to the braking system employed on those models. Let me assure everyone that we will redouble our commitment to quality as a lifeline of our company. With myself taking the lead and by keeping to the (INAUDIBLE) of principle. All of us at Toyota will tackle the issue in close cooperation with our dealers and with our suppliers, together we will do everything in our power to regain the confidence of our customers."
Toyota said it was recalling about 437-thousand Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems, the latest in a string of embarrassing safety lapses at the world''s largest automaker.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda said on Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo that the company decided to recall four models.
"Let me assure everyone that we will redouble our commitment to quality as a lifeline of our company," Toyoda said.
"We will do everything in our power to regain the confidence of our customers," he added.
Toyota officials went to Japan''s Transport Ministry earlier on Tuesday to formally notify officials the company was recalling the 2010 Prius gas-electric hybrid - the world''s top-selling hybrid car, and two other hybrid models in Japan, the Lexus HS250h sedan, sold in the US and Japan, and the Sai, which is sold only in Japan.
The recall was the latest blow to Toyota Motor Corp., which is in the midst of recalling more than 7 (m) million vehicles worldwide because of problems with floor mats, which can trap gas pedals, and faulty gas pedals that are slow to return to the idle position.
The Prius wasn''t part of those recalls.
There have been about 200 complaints in Japan and the US about a delay when the brakes in the Prius were pressed in cold conditions and on some bumpy roads.
The delay doesn''t indicate a brake failure.
The company said the problem can be fixed by reprogramming the software that controls the braking system.
The 223-thousand cars being recalled in Japan include nearly 200-thousand Priuses sold from April last year through Monday, according to papers the automaker filed with the ministry.
The Prius is Japan''s top-selling car.
In the US, Toyota will recall 133-thousand Prius cars and 14,500 Lexus HS250h vehicles.
The Prius is also being recalled in Europe.
Toyoda has been criticised for being largely invisible during the two weeks after the company announced on January 21 the gas pedal recall in the US, Europe and China.
He apologised at his first public press conference last Friday, but was criticised by the Japanese media for failing to outline concrete steps to
tackle the safety crisis and reassure customers around the world.