Toyota recalls more than 2.4 million cars over crash fault

Toyota recalls more than 2.4 million cars over crash fault

Toyota is recalling a total of 2.43 million hybrid vehicles around the world over a hybrid system issue which can lead to stalling.

The company said on Friday in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a "failsafe" driving mode, causing them to lose power and stall.

This means that the vehicle could lose power and stall while, according to the firm, power steering and braking remain operational.

The recall, which covers vehicles sold in Japan, North America and Europe, affects 55,519 Prius, Prius+ and Auris models in the United Kingdom built between October 2008 and November 2014.

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

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

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Dealership technicians will apply a software patch to the recalled vehicles, which should clean the problem up and ensure that "limp" mode activates when it should.

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.

Toyota did not say how many customers reported stalling incidents, whether there were accidents, or when customers could bring in their cars for fix.

Toyota said the cars affected had already been recalled previously for other reasons in 2014 and 2015.

Toyota said it had received three reports of the problem in Japan but they did not involve accidents. The company says its dealers will contact affected Prius owners when the software is available. Those problems were also fixed by software updates to vehicles' motor electronic control units (ECUs) and hybrid drive ECUs.

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