Toyota Recalls 975,000 Cars for Stalling and Airbag Defects

Gladys Abbott
October 5, 2018

Toyota has issued a recall for 2.4 million Prius and Auris hybrids worldwide.

The recall covers vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014.

More than 55,000 hybrid cars have been recalled by Toyota in the United Kingdom due to possible stalling problems.

Another 830,000 are reportedly in North America, 290,000 in Europe, 3,000 in China, and the rest in other parts of the world.

This isn't the first time Toyota has been forced to recall some of its cars.

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.

"While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash".

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

The recall is meant to address situations in which the failure of a specific component, coupled with hard acceleration, could cause the vehicle to lose power rather than enter a failsafe driving mode.

Auto owners of Prius, Prius + and Auris hybrid models are advised to ensure the software on their vehicle is updated - but drivers do not need to do anything just yet.

"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall". In 2016, Toyota also recalled some 2.87 million cars including the Prius for leaky fuel tanks, and a further 1.43 million mainly Prius vehicles for non-Takata airbags.

Toyota then updated the software.

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

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

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