Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrid cars globally over faulty program

06 October, 2018, 14:45 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars

Toyota has said it is recalling a total of 2.43 million hybrid vehicles around the world 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.

Prius vehicles were involved in an earlier recall for a different problem, that did not fix the current software issue, the company said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is reviewing complaints and other information provided by the public, and has been consulting with Toyota before Friday's recall.

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Power steering and braking would still work, but a stall at a fast speed could increase the risk of a crash.

The identified fault occurs when a specific hybrid component failure, coupled with hard acceleration, causes the vehicle to lose power rather than enter a fail-safe driving mode.

"We can't assess the impact of the recall immediately as we first need to analyse details of the problem, but the latest recall at least raised concerns as Prius is Toyota's leading brand", said Satoru Takada, an analyst at TIW, a Tokyo-based research and consulting firm. The problem would be fixed by means of a software upgrade that would take about 40 minutes, he said.

This isn't the first time Toyota has been forced to recall some of its cars.

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

Three malfunctions related to the issue were reported in Japan, with no accidents caused.

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

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