Toyota recalls 2.4 million Prius hybrids that could stall while driving

Kenny Grant
October 6, 2018

Toyota recalled more than 2 million Prius hybrids worldwide Friday over a software flaw that could in rare cases cause the cars to stall out at high speeds.

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.

Toyota said owners will be notified once the software update is available. "All auto owners are encouraged to routinely check their vehicle identification number (VIN) for any open recall on Nhtsa.gov/recalls".

Toyota does not know of any accidents in the USA related to the problem.

In the US, the recall covers more than 800,000 vehicles: the model year.

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

Another one million were sold in Japan, 830,000 are in North America, 290,000 in Europe, 3,000 in China, as well as other countries across the world.

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Mazda Motor Corp., which is in a technology alliance with Toyota, will also recall in Japan 9,335 Axela compact cars with the same hybrid system produced from October 2013 to October 2014.

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

Three malfunctions related to the issue were reported in Japan, with no accidents caused.

In a statement, the company said that some vehicles could fail to switch to a "failsafe" driving mode, increasing the risk of potential crashes.

Shares of Toyota (tm) were little changed at the close of trading in Tokyo.

Toyota has sold more than 12 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.

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