Toyota Prius safety recall over stalling, crash risk

Toyota Prius safety recall over stalling, crash risk

Japanese auto giant Toyota announced on Friday they are recalling 8,000 vehicles in Australia as part of a global 2.4 million faulty vehicle recall.

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.

The recall applies to 1.25 million vehicles in Japan, 807,000 in the U.S., 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China, with the rest across the globe.

The problem identified arises when the cars fail to enter "failsafe driving mode as intended". In isolated cases, the automaker said that the vehicles stalled, although their power steering and brake systems still functioned.

If a vehicle was to stall at high speed, this could increase the chances of a auto crash occurring.

Some of the cars have already been recalled for a separate drivetrain issue.

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Toyota Australia said it would contact all affected vehicle owners to advise them to book into a Toyota dealer to have the software fixed free of charge.

The company had received three reports in Japan related to the issue as of the end of September, but wasn't aware of any crashes in the country, Jault said.

This is not the first time Toyota's hybrid cars have been recalled, with the affected cars previously suffering problems in 2014 and 2015.

Toyota did not say if owners would see an airbag warning light on the instrument panel or if it knew of any reported accidents.

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.

In 2016, it announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally over problems with airbags and a fuel emission control unit.

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