Deadly defect has Toyota recalling 340,000 Prius cars

Prius recall

U.S. (KXAN) — Toyota is recalling 340,000 Prius gas-electric hybrids due to a life threatening defect.

The company says there could be a potentially deadly defect involving the parking brake. Of the total recalled cars, 92,000 are in the U.S.

The recall includes the Prius 2016 and 2017 models. Toyota says the parking brake could become “inoperative,” leading to the car rolling away. The problem arises if the car is in a gear other than park with the ignition on and the parking brake applied.

Toyota has received reports of crashes, injuries and deaths. Owners will be notified next month and repairs will be free. Drivers can take their Prius to a Toyota dealership, where they will attach a clip onto the brake cable.

For more information you can Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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