Toyota recalls more than 2.4 million cars over crash fault

Andrew Cummings
October 5, 2018

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

Japanese auto giant Toyota has announced a recall of more than 2.4 million hybrid vehicles worldwide because of a fault in their systems that could cause them to lose power.

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.

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

Friday's recall involves certain 2010-2014 model year Toyota Prius and 2012-2014 Prius v vehicles.

In a statement from Toyota cited by Reuters, the Japanese auto giant said the fault arises when the cars fail to enter "fail-safe driving mode as intended".

If a vehicle was to stall at high speed, this could increase the chances of a auto crash occurring.

The fail-safe driving mode, also known as "limp mode", is engaged when the auto computer detects a critical issue with the vehicle, which usually means receiving signal values way outside of the normal range from one or more of the built-in sensors.

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It also said it was in contact with customers and commercial partners to ensure the fault in the affected vehicles would be rectified once the software updates are available.

"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall".

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

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

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