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Toyota recalls more than 2.4 million cars over crash fault

Toyota recalls more than 2.4 million cars over crash fault

In recent years, Toyota has had to recall large numbers of cars for various reasons, including faulty airbags supplied by vehicle parts firm Takata.

A failsafe mode created to engage in the event of a hybrid system fault may not kick in because of a software glitch, causing the auto to stall, according to a company statement.

Power steering and braking would still work, but a stall at a fast speed could increase the risk of a crash.

Of the cars affected, over 1.2 million vehicles were sold in Japan, 830,000 in North America and 290,000 in Europe, she said.

Toyota has issued a recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles around the world due to potential problems with stalling.

The Japanese automaker said Friday that the recall affects about 807,000 Toyota Prius cars in the U.S. It covers certain 2010 to 2014 Prius hybrids and certain 2012 to 2014 Prius V hybrids.

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A Toyota Australia spokesman said there had been no incidents or injuries reported in Australia linked to the fault, and that the software can be reprogrammed in around 40 minutes.

"We've found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a fail-safe driving mode as intended", Tania Saldana, a Toyota spokeswoman, said in an email to NPR. Those problems were also fixed by software updates to vehicles' motor electronic control units (ECUs) and hybrid drive ECUs.

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

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.

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

In 2015, it had to recall 6.5 million vehicles globally over a faulty window switch that was liable to short-circuit.


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