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Hybrid Vehicle Brake Systems

The brake systems on dual gas/electric powered hybrid vehicles are designed to operate differently than those used on typical vehicles to which drivers have become accustomed. We’ve linked a recent technical article entitled “Stopping Trends – Servicing Increasingly Popular Hybrid Brake Systems” with the permission of Tire Review magazine (

Although related to Ford designs, rather than the more well known Toyota Prius, readers will obtain a greater understanding of how such systems function and an appreciation of the issues behind the recent headlines. Of note is the change in the 2010 Ford design to include a manual override of the brake-by-wire system in the event of panic stops.

If you have any questions on brakes, brake failures, and related loss of control issues, please contact us.