Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrids globally

Randal Sanchez
October 7, 2018

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.

In a statement from Toyota cited by Reuters, the Japanese vehicle giant said the fault arises when the cars fail to enter "fail-safe driving mode as intended". More than a million cars from Japan, 200,000 cars from Europe have been hit by the recall.

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

This means that the vehicle could lose power and stall while, according to the firm, power steering and braking remain operational. However, a auto would be at increased risk of causing a crash if it stalled while at a fast speed.

The vehicle maker said that it was not aware of any crashes due to the issue in Japan.

'If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall.

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Toyota did not say if owners would see an airbag warning light on the instrument panel or if it knew of any reported accidents. A Toyota official told BBC that the issue would be fixed with the help of a software upgrade spanning over 40 minutes.

The global recall also affects Prius a, Prius v, Prius + and Auris vehicles.

The cars involved in the new recall were also involved in previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, but "the remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall".

The automaker said that its dealers will update the vehicles' engine control computer software for free.

The vehicles were involved in an earlier recall that did not fix the previously unanticipated problem that is being addressed now, the company said in a statement.

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