Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrid vehicles over stalling issue

Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrid vehicles over stalling issue

Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrid vehicles over stalling issue

More than 55,000 hybrid cars have been recalled by Toyota in the United Kingdom due to possible stalling problems.

"The involved vehicles were created to enter a failsafe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults", Toyota said.

The recall applies to 2.43 million cars around the world, mainly in Japan, China, US and Europe.

Friday's recall involves certain 2010-2014 model year Toyota Prius and 2012-2014 Prius v vehicles.

While the car's power steering and braking still function, a stall at high speeds could increase the risk of a crash, the company said.

Japanese auto giant Toyota said Friday it is recalling more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a fault that could cause crashes, just a month after another recall affecting hybrids. The problem would be fixed by means of a software upgrade that would take about 40 minutes, he said.

Toyota recalled some hybrid cars for the same reason between 2014 and 2015, but a different problem with the program has been found. Those problems were also fixed by software updates to vehicles' motor electronic control units (ECUs) and hybrid drive ECUs.

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

The company had received three reports in Japan related to the issue as of the end of September, but wasn't aware of any crashes in the country, Jault said. "All auto owners are encouraged to routinely check their vehicle identification number (VIN) for any open recall on Nhtsa.gov/recalls".

Toyota has sold more than 10 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.

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