Toyota recalls 340,000 vehicles worldwide over Prius parking brake problem

by Jay Pate

Toyota has announced that it will issue a global recall for 340,000 Prius models because of a potentially fatal braking defect. The recall involves 92,000 Toyota Prius vehicles from the model years 2016 and 2017, as well as about 212,000 vehicles in Japan.

In a statement, Toyota said that the parking brake cable on the recalled vehicles may become inoperative in some cases. If this occurs, the parking brake on the vehicles may stop working properly. The company said that if a driver were to exit the vehicle while the ignition is on and the car is in a gear other than “park,” the vehicle could roll away, leading to an accident.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Toyota has received of accidents, injuries, and deaths linked to the parking brake problem on the recalled Toyota Prius models. The exact number of serious or fatal accidents that may be linked to the Prius parking brake problem is not currently know.

Toyota said in a statement that in order to fix the problem with the recalled Prius models, dealers “will add clips on the top of the brake cable dust boots to prevent the cable from becoming inoperative.” The company says that owners of the recalled models will be notified of the problem in November, and that the company will repair the parking brake issues on these vehicles at no cost to owners.

The Toyota Prius recall is not the first time in 2016 that a vehicle has been recalled due to potentially fatal parking brake problems. In April 2016, fiat Chrysler recalled 1.1 million Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles due to a similar parking brake issue that was linked to several rollaway deaths, including Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin. Yelchin’s family filed a class action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler in July, alleging that a defective gear shift on the recalled vehicles had led to hundreds of serious or fatal accidents.

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by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.