Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrid cars globally over faulty program

Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrid cars globally over faulty program

Japanese auto giant Toyota announced on Friday they are recalling 8,000 vehicles in Australia as part of a global 2.4 million faulty vehicle recall.

NAIJ.com gathers that the latest recall affects several models of Toyota's Prius and its Auris hybrid vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014, with more than a million of the affected cars in Japan. See the chart below. More than a million cars from Japan, 200,000 cars from Europe have been hit by the recall.

If a vehicle was to stall at high speed, this could increase the chances of a auto crash occurring. In isolated cases, the automaker said that the vehicles stalled, although their power steering and brake systems still functioned.

Satoru Takada, an analyst at Tokyo-based research and consulting firm TIW, said the impact of the recall couldn't be assessed immediately but it "at least raised concerns as Prius is Toyota's leading brand".

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




The auto maker said that it was not aware of any crashes due to the issue in Japan. Prius hybrid vehicle at the visitor center of the company's Tsutsumi plant in Toyota City, Aichi, Japan, on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

Toyota said owners will be notified once the software update is available.

A UK Toyota spokesman told Express.co.uk the company would contact all affected auto owners in due course after retrieving owner information from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Toyota recalled some hybrid cars for the same reason between 2014 and 2015, but a different problem with the program has been found.

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

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