Johannesburg - Toyota has recalled 340 000 Prius hybrids around the world, due to a defect in their parking brakes.
Toyota acknowledged receiving reports of crashes, injuries and deaths, however the company refused to provide details, saying it was still looking into the reports.
Toyota said the parking brake cable can disengage unexpectedly, causing the brakes to stop working properly. So if the car is left in any gear other than park, it could start rolling away, and possibly crash.
The problem affects only new generation models that were manufactured from August 2015 through October 2016. This generation was launched in South Africa in June this year and Toyota SA said that it has identified just 58 potentially affected cars.
The local division stated that owners would be contacted by a Toyota representative and that the necessary repairs would be carried out free of charge at their local dealerships. Concerned owners can also contact the Toyota Customer Care Centre on 0800 139 111.
IOL & AP
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