Prius included in auto recall for stalling problems — Toyota hybrid recall
07 October, 2018, 13:03 | Author: Shawna Walton
The recall, which affects 2.4 million hybrid cars globally, was issued on Friday (Oct 5).
Toyotasaid in a statement that the recalled vehicles-2012-2014 Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius V models-were created to enter a failsafe driving mode that cuts engine power dramatically if their engine computer systems detected a serious fault.
Toyota has announced a safety recall of some 807,000 Prius and Prius V cars in the US, saying that the company needs to fix a problem that could cause the vehicles to lose power and stall "in rare situations".
Should this occur, the auto could lose power and stall, although functions such as the power steering, brakes and lights would still work.
Some of the cars have already been recalled for a separate drivetrain issue.
This means that the vehicle could lose power and stall while, according to the firm, power steering and braking remain operational. The new recall involves all cars from both previous recalls, and Toyota will try a third time with another update.
Separately, Toyota on Friday also announced a recall covering certain 2018 to 2019 Tundra pickup trucks and Sequoia SUVs, as well as 2019 Avalon cars, to fix an airbag defect.
Globally, the recall includes other models that use the Prius' two-mode hybrid system. In November 2017, Toyota recalled the 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in for fuses that could similarly shut down the entire vehicle while driving.
They did not comment on reports of problems outside Japan.
Toyota did not say if owners would see an airbag warning light on the instrument panel or if it knew of any reported accidents.
"Due to inappropriate programming in the airbag electronic control unit (ECU), a fault may be erroneously detected during vehicle startup which would disable one or more of the sensors used to detect crashes", Toyota said.
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