Toyota hybrids should be recalled for ‘dangerous safety defect,’ says California car dealer

Federal traffic safety officials are looking into a possible brake defect in certain Toyota hybrid cars after a Southern California franchise dealer called for an investigation and a safety recall earlier last year.

Among the vehicles under review is the 2013 Toyota Prius Liftback, the kind that plowed into three Oakwood School teens in a North Hollywood crosswalk, seriously injuring them, in June of 2014, according to Roger Hogan, owner and president of Claremont Toyota and Capistrano Toyota dealerships, who filed the defect petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  in September.