Prius recall plea

CONSUMERS who bought the Toyota Prius 2016/2017 Sedan model have been urged to notify their car dealers about the global recall on the vehicle make and model last week.

Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Premila Kumar said, as announced, Toyota was expected to recall 340,000 units of Prius globally, including 212,000 in Japan and 92,000 of the 2016 and 2017 models in the US.

“The global recall comes after reports of a potentially deadly defect involving the parking brake,” Ms Kumar said.

“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.”

Ms Kumar said the council was liaising with 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,” she said.

“Those consumers who own other models of the same brand can report any such defects with the traders or to the council. There is no harm in raising alarm on the issue.”

Meanwhile, Sakura Cars director Irshad Jan said the recall would not really affect second-hand car dealers because most cars sold at second-hand car yards were older models compared with the 2016/2017 models.

Mr Jan said customers had been calling the company about the recall, but the team clarified the issue.

“We normally sell 2008 to 2012 models, so the recall doesn’t really affect us,” he said.

Asco Motors said it identified the vehicles sold within the market and was liaising with customers to provide them with a peace of mind.

“The total number of 2016/17 Prius’ sold to customers amount to less than five units,” Asco Motors highlights.

The company said an official statement surrounding the global recall of Prius would be issued later this week.

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