In the wake of a potentially deadly discovery regarding their parking brakes, Toyota has recalled 340,000 2016 & 2017 Prius cars globally, 92,000 of which are in the U.S. The cars in question were produced between August 2015 and October 2016.
Reports are stating the parking brake could become inoperative, which could cause a potential car accident if the car is in gear. Crashes, injuries, and fatalities have been reported to Toyota and they are currently investigating the issue. Toyota spokesman Victor Vanov declined to provide specifics. “Alleged crashes, injuries and fatalities are reported in many ways to many different organizations,” he told USA TODAY in an email. Toyota also said that “based on a diligent but not exhaustive review,” it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities tied to the problem “as of Oct. 3, 2016.” But other cars that roll away have been associated with deaths.
Toyota’s solution for this issue in the Prius is surprisingly simple. Dealerships will add clips to the top of the emergency brake cable’s dust boot, which the auto maker claims will prevent the cable from being rendered inoperative. Owners of the 2016 & 2017 Prius will be notified by mail in November. If you think your car may be affected by this recall, check out the online lookup for Toyota recalls and see if your vehicle qualifies: Look Up Safety Recalls & Service Campaigns
Car accidents can change your life instantly. You and your passengers may incur scrapes and bruises, broken bones, soft tissue damage, whiplash, or more severe injuries. In serious collisions or accidents with truck drivers, you could suffer a spinal injury, a brain injury or even fatality. By consulting a car accident lawyer in San Diego, you can help get the best result after the injury, including if these recalls or other faulty vehicle equipment have affected you or your loved ones.
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