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Asco: New Prius Recall To Have Minimal Effect Due To Low Sales

The global recall of the redesigned 2016/2017 Toyota Prius sedan is expected to have minimal effect in Fiji as only a few units have been sold. The authorised dealers for
14 Oct 2016 14:57
Asco: New Prius Recall To Have Minimal Effect Due To Low Sales
Toyota Prius 2016/2017 model sedan has been recalled globally.

The global recall of the redesigned 2016/2017 Toyota Prius sedan is expected to have minimal effect in Fiji as only a few units have been sold.

The authorised dealers for Toyota brand in Fiji is Asco Motors and it has confirmed that less than five cars of the model being recalled has been sold here.

Asco Motors has assured those who have bought the vehicle that they will manage the situation on a case-by-case basis.

The company further said they have not reordered any more of the Prius models given that sales were very low due to the higher selling prices.

The Prius models being sold by second hand car dealers in Fiji are from earlier models which are not included in the global recall.

Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive, Premila Kumar, said those owning the old models of Toyota Prius Sedan may have nothing to fear

“It is understood that given the fact that only 2016/2017 models are being recalled, not too many Fijian consumers will be affected,” she said.

“The council is liaising with local car dealers to understand the impact of the global recall on the Fijian market.”

The global recall

Toyota launched the global recall after reports of a potentially deadly defect involving the parking brake came up.

The company is recalling 340,000 units of the Prius globally, including 212,000 in Japan and 92,000 of the 2016 and 2017 models in the US.

“On the involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the parking brake could become inoperative,” Toyota said in a statement.

“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.”

Toyota has “received reports of crashes, injuries and deaths” and is “still looking into the reports,” the Associated Press reported.

Toyota spokesman Victor Vanov declined to provide specifics.

“Alleged crashes, injuries and fatalities are reported in many ways to many different organisations,” he told USA TODAY in an email.

The company said in a statement that dealers “will add clips on the top of the brake cable dust boots to prevent the cable from becoming inoperative.”

Owners will be notified in November, and repairs will be free.

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