Toyota Recalls More Than 2 Million Vehicles Over Hybrid-System Fault

Toyota Recalls More Than 2 Million Vehicles Over Hybrid-System Fault

More than 55,000 hybrid cars have been recalled by Toyota in the United Kingdom due to possible stalling problems.

Toyota did not say if owners would see an airbag warning light on the instrument panel or if it knew of any reported accidents.

"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.

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.

It affects about 1.25 million vehicles sold in Japan, 830,000 vehicles in North America, and 290,000 vehicles sold in Europe.

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.

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"While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash".

Japanese auto giant Toyota announced on Friday, October 5, that it is recalling more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a fault that could cause crashes. The vehicles in the current recall had been called back before, in February 2014 and July 2015, for a related issue, Jault said.

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

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

The auto giant last month issued a recall for 1.03 million cars globally over an issue related to wiring that could cause fires in vehicles.

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