The cars are being recalled due to a fault in parking brakes.
A total of 340,000 Toyota Prius are being recalled by the company from all over the world. These include 17,000 cars from Europe and 4633 cars from UK alone. The recall was made by the company due to a fault in the parking brakes of this model.
It was first reported in Japan, where an owner’s parking brake was disengaged automatically when it was not parked in the park mode. Later on it was revealed that the brake has the ability to disengage itself when the car is not idle in park mode or if it is switched off.
After the first incident report in Japan, several other reports were filed for the cars with the same issue making it a recurring issue for the Prius cars.
The Toyota UK spokesperson however said upon these incidents, that the company officials were not aware of this fault as no problems with the parking brakes were reported in UK, according to AutoCar.
The affected cars which are being recalled were built from August 2015 to October 2016. The majority of recalled cars are from America and Japan. Some of them will be recalled from UK too.
According to Toyota no other model was found to have this fault and only the latest Prius has suffered from this. The recall will make sure that all the faults are managed and the owners get a safe car.
A brake fault like this can be really dangerous if the cars are parked on a slope. They can cause accidents and injuries too if passengers are sitting in them while they are parked. The owners will have to take their cars to dealers where they will fix the problem, free of cost.