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Japanese automaker Toyota is recalling more than 2.4 million hybrid vehicles globally. On Friday, October 5, Toyota announced that certain Hybrid vehicles could stall while driving.
The Toyota recall covers 807,000 hybrid vehicles in the United States. It covers Prius hybrids and Prius V hybrid manufactured between 2010 and November.
Toyota USA reports that the defect occurs in “rare situations.” The defect arises from the vehicle failing to enter a fail-safe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults. When this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. The company says that the vehicle doesn’t lose power steering and braking, however, a stalled vehicle driving at high speeds could increase the risk of a crash.
The automaker did not say if the defect was linked to any crashes, injuries or deaths.
This is not the first time Toyota has had trouble with the fail-safe procedure with its vehicles. The company issued recalls in 2014 and 2015 to address similar issues. In addition, Toyota says it did not anticipate this new condition.
Dealers will apply a software fix to Prius cars for free. Customers will be notified if their vehicles are affected by mid-November.
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