Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrids globally

Alicia Cross
October 6, 2018

Toyota is recalling more than 2.4 million hybrids worldwide over a fault that could cause crashes. See the chart below.

According to Toyota, in rare situations, the vehicle models included in the recall would lose power completely when entering the failsafe mode, which could lead to a collision, especially when driven at high speeds.

The carmaker is recalling 2.43 million of its hybrid vehicles worldwide, including 1.25 million in Japan, 807,000 in the USA, 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China.

The automobile firm in September said it was recalling more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires. The vehicles in the current recall had been called back before, in February 2014 and July 2015, for a related issue, Jault said.

Toyota said it would update the software of the vehicles to remedy the problem for free.

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

"There have been no incidence of injury or accident in Australia because of the fault", a Toyota spokesperson told 9NEWS.

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.

The Prius and Prius V vehicles may contain a software fault in their ECU.

Should this occur, the vehicle could lose power and stall, although functions such as the power steering, brakes and lights would still work. In November 2017, Toyota recalled the 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in for fuses that could similarly shut down the entire vehicle while driving.

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