Recall of Toyota Prius 2016/2017 Models

13/10/2016 13:11

Fijian consumers who have purchased the 2016/2017 models of Toyota Prius Sedan should contact the traders they bought the vehicle from following a global recall launched by Toyota.

The global recall comes after reports of a potentially deadly defect involving the parking brake. According to Toyota, there is a possibility that the parking brake could become inoperative. If this occurs and the driver exits the vehicle with the transmission in a gear other than ‘Park’ while the ignition is on, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

As announced, Toyota is expected to recall 340,000 units of the Prius globally, including 212,000 in Japan and 92,000 of the 2016 and 2017 models in the U.S.

The Consumer Council of Fiji is liaising with the local car dealers selling Toyota Prius to understand the impact of the global recall on the Fijian market. It is understood that given the fact that only 2016/2017 models are being recalled, not too many Fijian consumers will be affected. Those owning the old models of Toyota Prius Sedan may have nothing to fear.

We are urging consumers who own these affected models to notify the car dealers they have purchased the vehicles from to get an update on the recall. Those consumers who own other models of the same brand can also report any such defects with the traders or to the Council.  There is no harm in raising an alarm on the issue.

The Council now awaits to hear from the local car dealers on the impact of the recall on the Fijian market.