Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrid cars over stall fault

Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrid cars over stall fault

Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrid cars over stall fault

Toyota is recalling 2.43 million hybrid vehicles for potential problems with stalling, including some Prius automobiles.

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.

About 1.25 million cars are affected in Japan, 807,000 in the United States of America, 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China.

The automaker said there have been three cases in which vehicles became immobile, but there have been no accidents due to the system fault.

The cars involved in the new recall were also involved in previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, but "the remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall".

When asked if any crashes had been reported because of the issue, Toyota offered no comment.

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This means that the vehicle could lose power and stall while, according to the firm, power steering and braking remain operational.

It also said it was in contact with customers and commercial partners to ensure the fault in the affected vehicles would be rectified once the software updates are available.

However, the carmaker said that in "rare situations", the fault could cause vehicles to stall when entering "failsafe" driving mode.

"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall".

Separately, Toyota on Friday also announced a recall covering certain 2018 to 2019 Tundra pickup trucks and Sequoia SUVs, as well as 2019 Avalon cars, to fix an airbag defect.

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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