Toyota Recalls More Than 2 Million Vehicles Over Hybrid-System Fault

Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars

Toyota Motor Corp on Friday (Oct 5) said it was recalling a total of 2.43 million gasoline hybrid vehicles at home and overseas over a hybrid system issue which can lead to stalling.

The recall, which covers vehicles sold in Japan, North America and Europe, affects 55,519 Prius, Prius+ and Auris models in the United Kingdom built between October 2008 and November 2014. See the chart below.

The recall applies to 1.25 million vehicles in Japan, 807,000 in the USA, 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China, with the rest across the globe.

More than 800,000 vehicles in the United States will be involved in this recall, Toyota said in a statement. In July 2015, Toyota recalled 108,624 Prius V models from 2012-2014 for the same issue and again updated the software.

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

When asked if any crashes had been reported because of the issue, Toyota offered no comment. Toyota did not say how many customers reported stalling incidents, whether there were accidents, or when customers could bring in their cars for fix.




The recall is meant to address situations in which the failure of a specific component, coupled with hard acceleration, could cause the vehicle to lose power rather than enter a failsafe driving mode.

Some of the cars have already been recalled for a separate drivetrain issue.

When that happens, "the vehicle could lose power and stall".

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

In 2016, it announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally over problems with airbags and a fuel emission control unit.

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