Toyota recalls 2.4M Prius hybrids for stall risk
Washington — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 2.43 million Prius hybrid vehicles worldwide, including about 807,000 vehicles in the United States, that could lose power and stall while being driven at high speeds.
The Japanese automaker said the recall applies to some Toyota Prius and Auris hybrids made from October 2008-November 2014 that were designed to enter a "failsafe driving mode" in response to certain hybrid system faults.
"Toyota has found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended," the company said. "If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall."
The recall is the second Prius-related callback that Toyota has announced in as many months. The company recalled 192,000 vehicles in the U.S. in September that it said were at risk of catching fire due to a flaw in the connection of an engine-wire harness.
Toyota said its dealers will update the software for all of the vehicles that are involved in the latest Prius recall for free. The company said it will notify the involved customers when the software update is available.
Prius owners can call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at (800) 255-3987 for more information.