Toyota recalls 2.4 million Prius, Auris hybrids for software-related stalling

05 October, 2018, 21:07 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars

Toyota's new recall covers about 2.43 million Prius cars worldwide, including more than 1 million that were sold in Japan and almost 300,000 in Europe, according to Automotive News.

The recall, which includes Prius and Auris models, covers vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014.

Vehicles in Europe, China and other regions are also affected.

Satoru Takada, an analyst at Tokyo-based research and consulting firm TIW, said the impact of the recall couldn't be assessed immediately but it "at least raised concerns as Prius is Toyota's leading brand".

While these cars were created to enter this mode in response to certain hybrid system faults, this may not operate as intended.

"While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash".

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The problem identified arises when the cars fail to enter "failsafe driving mode as intended".

Toyota said it would update the software of the vehicles to remedy the problem for free. Three malfunctions related to the issue were reported in Japan, with no accidents caused.

Toyota says it will use a software update to fix an issue with some Prius models, saying certain conditions could result in them unexpectedly stalling.

Should this occur, the auto could lose power and stall, although functions such as the power steering, brakes and lights would still work.

Toyota did not say how many customers reported stalling incidents, whether there were accidents, or when customers could bring in their cars for fix.

Affected drivers will be sent a letter asking them to book in their vehicle for a software upgrade at their nearest Toyota retailer.

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