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Toyota Australia recalls Prius over defect

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016

Toyota Australia is recalling about 300 hybrid Prius cars built between August 2015 and October 2016 due to a parking brake defect.

Toyota says the parking brake cable can disengage unexpectedly, causing the brakes to fail and if the car is left in any gear other than park, it could start rolling away.

To fix the problem, cable clips will be installed with the parts to arrive in Australian dealerships later this month.

"A letter will then be sent to all impacted owners to request that they make an appointment at their preferred Toyota dealer," Toyota Australia says in a statement.

"The repair will take approximately 30 minutes and will be carried out free of charge."

The 300 cars being recalled in Australia are part of 340,000 Prius vehicles recalled globally.

The manufacturer is investigating reports of crashes, injuries and deaths - none have occurred in Australia, it says.

Customers can call the Toyota recall campaign helpline on 1800 987 366.

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