Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrid vehicles due to stalling problems

Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrid vehicles due to stalling problems

Toyota is recalling a total of 2.43 million hybrid vehicles around the world over a hybrid system issue which can lead to stalling.

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.

TOKYO-Toyota Motor Corp. says it has issued a recall for 2.43 million (U.S.) hybrid vehicles in Japan and elsewhere for potential problems with stalling.

The recall applies to 1.25 million vehicles in Japan, 807,000 in the US, 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China with the rest across the globe. About 1.25 million of the cars are in Japan and 830,000 in North America, he said.

The company said Friday that in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a "fail-safe" driving mode, lose power and stall.

Chief Executive Steve Tormey said that "Toyota is committed to ensure the highest standards of safety for our customers above all else".

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Vehicles sold in China, Africa, Oceania and other regions are also affected. However, a vehicle would be at increased risk of causing a crash if it stalled while at a fast speed.

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

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

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

Affected drivers will be sent a letter asking them to book in their vehicle for a software upgrade at their nearest Toyota retailer.

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