The parking brake could be faulty.

Getty Images-Toyota
Getty Images-Toyota

Toyota has launched a global recall of its redesigned Toyota Prius sedan after reports of a potentially deadly defect involving the parking brake.

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

In a statement, Toyota said "On the involved vehicles, 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."

All of the offending vehicles were manufactured in Japan.

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

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