Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Toyota Prius safety recall over stalling, crash risk

Toyota Prius safety recall over stalling, crash risk

Toyota is now in the process of recalling around 2.4 million cars worldwide over fears that a faulty component could cause some vehicles to stall without warning.

The recall applies to some Toyota Prius and Auris hybrids made from October 2008 to November 2014. See the chart below.

Toyota has announced a safety recall of some 807,000 Prius and Prius V cars in the USA, saying that the company needs to fix a problem that could cause the vehicles to lose power and stall "in rare situations".

About 1.25 million of the cars are in Japan and 830,000 in North America, he said.

More than 800,000 vehicles in the United States will be involved in this recall, Toyota said in a statement. Power steering and braking would still work but a stall at a fast speed could increase risks of a crash. Toyota did not say how many customers reported stalling incidents, whether there were accidents, or when customers could bring in their cars for fix.

The problem identified arises when the cars fail to enter "failsafe driving mode as intended".

The U.S. portion of the safety action covers 2010-2014 Prius hatchbacks, and 2012-2014 Prius V wagons, which will require a software update.

This isn't the first time Toyota has been forced to recall some of its cars.

No accidents have been reported, according to Toyota, but the company admitted it had received three reports relating to the issue in Japan.

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

In 2015, it had to recall 6.5 million vehicles globally over a faulty window switch that was liable to short-circuit.

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