Toyota recalls more than 2.4 million cars over crash fault

Eileen GuzmanOct 07, 2018

TOYOTA is recalling more than 2.4 million of its hybrid cars - including more than 8000 sold here in Australia - over a software bug that could cause crashes.

The latest recall affects several models of Toyota's Prius and its Auris hybrid vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014. See the chart below.

However, the carmaker said that in "rare situations", the fault could cause vehicles to stall when entering "failsafe" driving mode.

Approximately 290,000 of the affected vehicles have been sold in Europe with the majority being purchased in Japan and North America during the six-year period.

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

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

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

The recall was resulted after a technical fault was uncovered which could cause the vehicle to stall at high speeds. A Toyota official told BBC that the issue would be fixed with the help of a software upgrade spanning over 40 minutes.

Toyota said it had received three reports of the problem in Japan but they did not involve accidents.

Toyota will send recall notifications via first-class mail when the necessary software updates are available.

As far as the models that have been called back by the company are concerned, the recall consists of certain cars from the 2010 to 2014 Prius models and a few 2012 to 2014 wagon-styled Prius V cars. More than 800,000 vehicles in the United States will be involved in this recall, Toyota said in a statement.

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

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