No accidents or injuries caused by problem with Toyota Prius hybrid software
1.9 million Toyota Prius hybrid cars globally are being recalled for a software glitch that could cause the vehicle to stall.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system.
Toyota Canada says 13,791 Toyota Prius cars are being recalled in the country.
The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off and driving power to be reduced. In rare circumstances, the hybrid system might shut down while the vehicle is being driven, resulting in the loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop, according to Toyota.
The recalled Prius vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
Owners of affected Toyota Prius hybrids will receive a software update free of charge. Owners will be notified by mail when the software updates are available at their dealerships.
In addition, Toyota Canada is also recalling another 25,577 vehicles – RAV4s from model year 2012, Tacomas from 2012-2013 and Lexus RX350s from 2012-2013.
The company says these vehicles are being recalled to fix an electronic circuit condition that can cause the vehicle stability control, anti-lock brake, and traction control functions to intermittently turn off.
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