Toyota Issues Stop-Sale on New Prius Models


A stop-sale has been ordered for the popular Toyota Prius hybrid.

Along with ordering its dealers to stop selling the 2016-2017 Prius, Toyota is also recalling 91,585 units in the U.S. for parking brakes that may fail to engage. The new 2016-2017 Prius has a foot-operated parking brake with a tension cable that could possibly detach from the rear brake calipers, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The automaker first discovered the problem in May, following a U.S. dealer’s report on a failure.

Since that initial report, Toyota has received at least 67 reports of parking-brake cable detachments, although the issue is not tied to any injuries of acccidents.

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According to Toyota, the cable is particularly prone to loosening over bumps in the road. Other Prius models, including the C, V and plug-in Prius Prime do not share the same cable assembly as the standard Prius hybrid.

Approximately 19,500 of the recalled vehicles are currently in dealer inventory and they will not be sold until they’re repaired. Toyota dealers will install a clip at one end of the parking-brake cable to secure it to the rear clipers. Repairs aren’t expected to begin until December.

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Lynette Corn says:

Had a Prius for 10 yrs, and loved it, until that big battery gave out without warning. Miss the mileage, but happy to miss the recall. Almost bought another one, but can’t beat the Hyundai warranty.

smartacus says:

what is up with Toyota hybrids with braking issues?

Like when Camry hybrids were causing injuries and deaths until they finally recalled them after even their greatest champion Consumer Ripoffs begged them to already.