Toyota Motor Corp. has announced a recall of 340,000 Prius hybrid cars
worldwide for a parking brake defect that could cause the brake to stop
working properly. Toyota said that the parking brake cable can unexpectedly
disengage, which can cause the car to roll away and possibly crash if
left in any gear other than park. Toyota has received reports of crashes,
injuries, and deaths and “is still looking into the reports.”
The recall is for Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid vehicles manufactured
from August 2015 to October 2016 (2016 and 2017 models). The recall affects
94,000 vehicles in North America and 212,000 vehicles in Japan. Another
17,000 vehicles have been recalled in Europe, with other affected vehicles
in Australia and other regions.
Prius owners will be notified in November and repairs will be completed
free of charge. The company has stated that dealers will add clips to
the top of the brake cable dust boots to prevent the cable from becoming
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