Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled approximately 340,000 Prius hybrid sedans worldwide over faulty parking brakes that may allow the vehicle to roll away even when the brake is activated, the automaker announced Wednesday. According to Toyota, the recall, which incorporates model year 2016 and 2017 Prius vehicles, stems from parking brake cables that may unexpectedly stop working while the parking brake is activated. The automaker says this may cause Prius vehicles to roll away, if the vehicle’s ignition is turned on and the car is in a gear other than park. “Toyota dealers will add clips on the top of the brake cable dust boots to prevent the cable from becoming inoperative at no cost to customers,” the automaker said in a statement. Toyota will begin notifying owners of the recall by mail in November.
A Toyota spokesperson says as of Oct. 3 the automaker was not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths relating to the parking brake issue. The recall covers 212,000 vehicles from Japan and 94,000 vehicles in North America, with 92,000 of those models located in the United States. European Prius models make up 17,000 of the recalled vehicles, with the remaining 16,000 coming from other areas. As of September, Prius vehicles made up nearly 15 percent of all U.S. sales of Toyota models, with more than 105,000 sold.
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