Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrids globally

Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrids globally

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will recall 2.43 million hybrid cars at home and overseas due to a fault in the hybrid system program.

Toyota said in a statement that the recalled vehicles-2012-2014 Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius V models-were created to enter a failsafe driving mode that cuts engine power dramatically if their engine computer systems detected a serious fault.

The company said on Friday in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a "failsafe" driving mode, causing them to lose power and stall.

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

The auto giant has offered to update the software of the vehicles for free to fix the issue.

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

Affected drivers will be sent a letter asking them to book in their vehicle for a software upgrade at their nearest Toyota retailer.

Toyota said that "previous recalls did not anticipate this new condition".

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

Dealers will apply a software fix to the Prius cars for free. More than 4,000 Toyota Prius cars in Singapore were affected by that recall.

The recall of Prius and Auris cars includes 1.25 million in Japan, 830,000 in North America and 290,000 in Europe, of which about 55,000 are in the UK.

Japan's transportation ministry said Toyota had reported three malfunctions locally related to the issue, but no accidents. The Prius cars in Pakistan are imported from Japan too and a considerable amount of Japan-bound Prius cars have been affected.

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

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