Toyota issues global recall for 2.4m hybrid cars due to stalling problems

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Hybrid recall: Models affected include the immensely popular Prius (pictured), which could stall even when the car is being driven at high speeds


Toyota has issued a global recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles over potential problems with stalling.

The company said that in rare cases vehicles might fail to enter a ‘failsafe’ driving mode – better known as ‘limp model’ among Britons. Cars could then lose power and stall.

Examples of the Prius, Prius+ and Auris Hybrid built between October 2008 to November 2014 are affected, with 55,000 UK models estimated to be susceptible to the issue. 

Hybrid recall: Models affected include the immensely popular Prius (pictured), which could stall even when the car is being driven at high speeds

Hybrid recall: Models affected include the immensely popular Prius (pictured), which could stall even when the car is being driven at high speeds

Toyota said power steering and braking would still work if a car was to stall, though if it occurs while the vehicle is travelling at a high speed could increase the risk of a crash. 

These same models have already been subject to an earlier unrelated recall, but will need to be returned to dealers yet again to fix this latest problem.

Of the impacted models, 1.25 million are in Japan, while another 830,000 are US based.

Of the 2.4 million, just 290,000 are in Europe and 55,519 are in the UK. 

The Japanese car maker says the fix is straight forward, with each model needing a software patch administered by dealers for free.

Toyota said it had received three reports of the issue related to the problem by the end of September – though only in Japan – and reported them to the transport ministry.

None of the three instances resulted in crashes.

Of the 2.4m affected cars, 55,000 are owned by Britons. It includes the Auris Hybrid pictured

Of the 2.4m affected cars, 55,000 are owned by Britons. It includes the Auris Hybrid pictured

Of the 2.4m affected cars, 55,000 are owned by Britons. It includes the Auris Hybrid pictured

The seven-seat Prius+ MPV is also one of the cars being recalled. It only affects models built between October 2008 to November 2014

The seven-seat Prius+ MPV is also one of the cars being recalled. It only affects models built between October 2008 to November 2014

The seven-seat Prius+ MPV is also one of the cars being recalled. It only affects models built between October 2008 to November 2014

The company would not comment on incidents outside Japan, saying it was difficult to be certain about actual cases.

The recall is the second in the space of a month for Toyota and its hybrid models.

The previous issue was linked to potential fire risks in the hybrid systems of the C-HR Hybrid SUV and current Prius hatchback – though the limp-home mode recall affects previous-generation examples of the Prius.

The recall mainly affects vehicles in Japan, though owners in the US and Europe will also have to take their cars back to dealers to rectify the problem

The recall mainly affects vehicles in Japan, though owners in the US and Europe will also have to take their cars back to dealers to rectify the problem

The recall mainly affects vehicles in Japan, though owners in the US and Europe will also have to take their cars back to dealers to rectify the problem

In a statement, the car maker said: ‘Toyota is conducting a safety recall which in the UK involves the Prius, Prius+ and Auris Hybrid models. There are 55,519 vehicles affected which were produced from October 2008 to November 2014.

‘The involved vehicles were designed to enter a failsafe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults. 

‘Toyota has found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended. 

‘If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. Power steering, braking and auxiliary systems such as turn signals would remain operational.

‘Toyota dealers will update the software for all involved vehicles at no charge and the recall will be conducted in accordance with DVSA guidelines.’

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