Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrid cars over stall fault

Ivan Schwartz
October 5, 2018

Japanese vehicle giant Toyota announced on Friday, October 5, that it is recalling more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a fault that could cause crashes.

The recall covers Prius vehicles from the 2010-2014 model years and Prius V cars from the 2012-2014 model years. See the chart below.

The company said Friday that in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a "fail-safe" driving mode, lose power and stall.

The carmaker is recalling 2.43 million of its hybrid vehicles worldwide, including 1.25 million in Japan, 807,000 in the USA, 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China. However, a auto would be at increased risk of causing a crash if it stalled while at a fast speed. Three malfunctions related to the issue were reported in Japan, with no accidents caused.

To fix the problem, Toyota will update software in the vehicles.

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

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"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".

The auto giant last month issued a recall for 1.03 million cars globally over an issue related to wiring that could cause fires in vehicles.

Should you check your auto?

Toyota has sold more than 12 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997. The company is contacting all known owners of the affected cars; it's also possible to check a vehicle using the license plate or VIN via the Toyota recall database.

Toyota also added there was no current data to suggest how many similar incidents had occured outside of Japan.

The process should take about 40 minutes on average.

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