Toyota hybrid recall: Prius included in vehicle recall for stalling problems

Enlarge Image Toyota doesn't sell the Auris in the US which is why the Stateside component of this recall only covers the Prius and Prius V.                  Toyota

Toyota Motor Corp on Friday (Oct 5) said it was recalling a total of 2.43 million gasoline hybrid vehicles at home and overseas over a hybrid system issue which can lead to stalling.

The recall applies to some Toyota Prius and Auris hybrids made from October 2008 through November 2014.

The fault, according to Toyota, is a software issue that could cause the cars to not enter a designated failsafe mode in certain situations associated with the hybrid powertrain. In isolated cases, the automaker said that the vehicles stalled, although their power steering and brake systems still functioned.

Toyota Ireland has confirmed that a total of 1,289 vehicles have been affected here.

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

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The cars were also recalled for a related issue in February 2014 and July 2015, Jault added.

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 it was not aware of any actual accidents caused by the fault.

A Toyota dealer in California highlighted the issue earlier this year when it sued Toyota over what it claimed was an inadequate fix for the safety problem. More than a million cars from Japan, 200,000 cars from Europe have been hit by the recall. The Prius cars in Pakistan are imported from Japan too and a considerable amount of Japan-bound Prius cars have been affected.

"Due to inappropriate programming in the airbag electronic control unit (ECU), a fault may be erroneously detected during vehicle startup which would disable one or more of the sensors used to detect crashes", Toyota said.

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