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Millions of potentially faulty hybrid vehicles — Toyota recall

05 October 2018, 09:08 | Kelvin Horton

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Toyota to recall 55,000 hybrids in UK

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) on Friday said it was recalling a total of 2.43 million gasoline hybrid vehicles at home and overseas over a hybrid system issue which can lead to stalling.

Of a total of about 2.43 million vehicles affected, 94% are the Prius and its derivatives, with the hybrid version of the Auris compact hatchback making up the remainder, Toyota spokesman Jean-Yves Jault said by email Friday. See the chart below.

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

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

The problem identified arises when the cars fail to enter "failsafe driving mode as intended".

No accidents have been reported, according to Toyota, but the company admitted it had received three reports relating to the issue in Japan.

Chief Executive Steve Tormey said that "Toyota is committed to ensure the highest standards of safety for our customers above all else".

"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall".

Toyota also added there was no current data to suggest how many similar incidents had occured outside of Japan.

The company says the issue differs from problems with the Prius fail-safe mode that were addressed in the 2014 and 2015 recalls. This could cause the auto to stall, which could increase the risk of a crash when driving at high speeds. Those problems were also fixed by software updates to vehicles' motor electronic control units (ECUs) and hybrid drive ECUs. The new recall involves all cars from both previous recalls, and Toyota will try a third time with another update.

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