In early October Toyota recalled 340,000 hybrid Prius vehicles world wide due to defective brakes. According to Toyota the defect pertained particularly to the vehicle’s parking brake cable, which could disengage unexpectedly. Of the 300k+ recalled vehicles just shy of 92k are vehicles in the United States.
Toyota made news in months prior when it recalled vehicles stocked with the Takata airbag. The airbags were proven defective, and had the potential of exploding, spraying metal fragments inwards towards drivers/passengers.
If you’re concerned your Prius has faulty brakes contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota’s number for this recall is G01.