Japanese automaker recalls two million hybrid cars

Toyota's official logo.
Toyota's official logo. PHOTO/COURTESY: CGTrader

Toyota has issued a recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles in Japan and elsewhere over potential problems with stalling.

The recall applies to 1.25 million Toyota Prius and Auris hybrid vehicles made from October 2008 to November 2014 in Japan. 807,000 of these were shipped to the US, 290,000 to Europe and 3,000 to China with the rest across the globe.

According to the motor vehicle giant, the vehicles might in rare cases fail to enter a “failsafe” driving mode, lose power and stall. Power steering and braking would still work but a stall at a fast speed could increase the risk of a crash.

The vehicle manufacturer subsequently revealed that it had received three reports in Japan related to the problem by the end of September and reported them to the transport ministry.

The vehicles were part of an earlier recall that did not fix the previously unanticipated problem that is being addressed now, the company added. The recall according to Toyota would allow them to update the software of the vehicles which in turn will remedy the problem. The firm will not charge customers for the software updates.

The company would however not comment on incidents outside Japan, saying it was difficult to be certain about actual cases.

The statement just comes hours after the vehicle manufacturer and Soft Bank Group; a leading tech firm, announced in Tokyo that they would develop cars which operate on self-driving technology. The move was supposed to herald the rising attention shift by leading automakers to concentrate more on self-driving cars.

According to a local daily, Toyota’s self-driving cars announcement adds to a slew of deals and discussions aimed at sharing costs and securing expertise between global automakers, ride hailing companies as well as major technology oriented firms.


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