Toyota recalls 2.4 million Prius, Auris hybrids for software-related stalling


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.

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. Approximately 400,000 additional recalled vehicles were mostly sold in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

The company says the issue differs from problems with the Prius fail-safe mode that were addressed in the 2014 and 2015 recalls.

They said that power steering and braking would still work but stalling at a fast speed could increase risks of a crash.

A failsafe mode created to engage in the event of a hybrid system fault may not kick in because of a software glitch, causing the auto to stall, according to a company statement.

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

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

The vehicles were involved in an earlier recall that did not fix the previously unanticipated problem that is being addressed now, the company said in a statement.

A total of 744 Prius cars produced between Oct 2008 and Nov 2014 are affected in this recall.

The Japanese auto-maker issued a massive recall of over 2.4 million of its popular hybrid line, Toyota Prius.

Japan's transportation ministry said Toyota had reported three malfunctions locally related to the issue, but no accidents.

It's one of the largest recalls for Toyota unrelated to Takata Corp airbags or 2009's unintended acceleration crisis.