Toyota has recalled all Prius models manufactured between 6th August, 2015 and 3rd October, 2016, for potentially faulty parking brake cables.
Toyota has issued a stop of sale order for all Prius models manufactured in the 2016 – 17 model year in the US and has issued a recall in the interest of the same. The problem happens to be related to potentially faulty parking brake cables. The issue effects all Prius models manufactured between 6th August, 2015 and 3rd October, 2016, resulting in 91,585 units being subjected to inspection.
Toyota reports receiving complaints about malfunctioning parking brakes from Prius owners. The problem comes into play when the brake cables disengage from the crank lever of the foot operated parking brake lever. As a result if the Prius is left with the ignition on in any gear other than Park and the foot brake is not engaged, it could roll away. It’s also worth mentioning that the gearbox of the Prius automatically shifts to Park mode when the ignition is turned off, no matter what gear it was in earlier. In addition to three Toyota field reports, another 64 warranty claims could be related to this issue states the company.
In the US, Toyota has informed dealers not to sell Prius models they may have in inventory which were produced between the aforementioned manufacturing time period. Currently about 19,500 units of the Prius affected by the potentially faulty parking brake happens to be in the inventory of dealers in the US.
The Toyota Prius is currently not on sale in India as we are awaiting the launch of the fourth generation model which will be introduced in our market early next year.