WARNING TOYOTA PRIUS OWNERS: TOYOTA RECALLS 340,000 PRIUSES GLOBALLY DUE TO PARKING BRAKE ISSUE; 94,000 affected in the US
Toyota issued a recall to 94,000 owners of Toyota Priuses manufactured between August 2015 and October 2016 because of a potentially deadly defect involving the parking brake becoming inoperable.
The parking brake was discovered to stay in another gear instead of ‘Park’ while the ignition is on and this could result in the Prius rolling away, creating a potentially deadly result in a crash, or injury to the unknowing Prius driver exiting their vehicle.
According to the Associated Press, Toyota issued the recall after receiving reports of crashes, injuries and deaths from the parking brake fault.
Toyota will fix the parking brake fault by adding clips on the top of the brake cable dust boots to prevent the cable from becoming inoperative.
Recently, Jeep also released a similar recall that resulted in vehicles rolling away because of a faulty shift gear and are now facing a class action lawsuit to compensate owners.
Prius owners will be notified in November and the repair will be free. Toyota has a recall website where owners can input their Prius’ VIN number to know if the recall affects their vehicles. Here is the link: http://www.toyota.com/recall
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