Toyota recalls more than 2.4 million cars over crash fault

The Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius

TOKYO-Toyota Motor Corp.is recalling 2.4 million vehicles globally to fix a fault in the hybrid system that could cause them to lose power.

While these cars were created to enter this mode in response to certain hybrid system faults, this may not operate as intended. In isolated cases, the automaker said that the vehicles stalled, although their power steering and brake systems still functioned.

A Toyota UK spokesman said owners of the affected vehicles would be notified.

Borneo Motors, Toyota's distributor in Singapore, said on Friday it is now in contact with the affected customers and commercial partners to initiate the rectification procedures. This could cause the auto to stall, which could increase the risk of a crash when driving at high speeds.

Some of the cars have already been recalled for a separate drivetrain issue. In November 2017, Toyota recalled the 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in for fuses that could similarly shut down the entire auto while driving.

Toyota recalled some hybrid cars for the same reason between 2014 and 2015, but a different problem with the program has been found.

It affects about 1.25 million vehicles sold in Japan, 830,000 vehicles in North America, and 290,000 vehicles sold in Europe.

In a statement, it said that the safety recall is on certain Toyota Prius, Prius+ and Auris hybrid vehicles.

No accidents have been reported, according to Toyota, but the company admitted it had received three reports relating to the issue in Japan. The Prius cars in Pakistan are imported from Japan too and a considerable amount of Japan-bound Prius cars have been affected. Those problems were also fixed by software updates to vehicles' motor electronic control units (ECUs) and hybrid drive ECUs.

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