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Toyota recalls 92,000 new Prius hybrids for parking brake failure

If you tend to leave your car without putting it in Park, you may want to start doing that.

2016 Toyota Prius four
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Parking brake failure isn't the most dangerous problem, but any potential rollaway situation carries serious concern. That's why Toyota is recalling nearly 100,000 vehicles in the US to deal with a parking brake that may fail at random.

The recall spans 92,000 US examples of the 2016 and 2017 Toyota Prius hybrid. An additional 210,000 vehicles have been recalled in Japan, as well as a handful of Priuses in Europe, Australia and elsewhere. The cars in question were produced between August 2015 and October 2016.

Toyota warns there is a chance that the cars' parking brake could stop working. If that happens, a vehicle left in any gear other than Park might roll away, which could cause vehicle damage or, worse, human injury. Toyota was not clear on how the parking brake failure may come about.

Toyota's fix for this issue is surprisingly simple. Dealerships will add clips to the top of the emergency brake cable's dust boot, which the automaker claims will prevent the cable from being rendered inoperative. Recall notices will be mailed to customers starting in November.

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