Toyota recalls 2.4 million Prius hybrids that could stall while driving

Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars

Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars

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.

Friday's recall involves certain 2010-2014 model year Toyota Prius and 2012-2014 Prius v vehicles.

The company said Friday that in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a "failsafe" driving mode, lose power and stall.

When that happens, "the vehicle could lose power and stall".

After reaching out to the vehicle giant, Toyota told us that customers affected by the recall will be contacted directly to alert them of the problem.

A total of 744 Prius cars produced between Oct 2008 and Nov 2014 are affected in this recall.

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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.

They said that power steering and braking would still work but stalling at a fast speed could increase risks of a crash.

It's not the first time Toyota's had trouble with the fail-safe procedure with some of these cars.

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. The cars are created to enter a fail-safe or "limp home" driving mode if the hybrid system overheats or develops other issues.

They did not comment on reports of problems outside Japan.

That recall covers about 188,000 worldwide, including 168,000 in the U.S. Filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were not available. In November 2017, Toyota recalled the 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in for fuses that could similarly shut down the entire auto while driving.

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