Friday 5 October 2018 9:35 am

Toyota recalls 2.4m hybrid vehicles over stalling issue


Toyota has announced a worldwide recall of 2.43m hybrid vehicles because of a systems issue that could cause them to lose power and stall.

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

The recall includes all Prius and Auris models manufactured by the Japanese car giant between October 2008 and November 2014.

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Approximately 290,000 of the affected vehicles have been sold in Europe with the majority being purchased in Japan and North America during the six-year period. Cars sold in other regions such as Oceania, Africa and Asia are also affected by the systems fault.

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

"The remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall," Toyota said in a statement.

It also said that although it had received three reports in Japan related to the issue, it was unaware of any crashes in the country.

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This is also the second time in two months that the Prius has developed problems. In September, more than a million Prius and C-HR compact crossover hybrids were recalled due to wiring issues that increased fire risk in their vehicles.

Toyota has been forced to recall millions of cars for numerous reasons in the past few years, including faulty airbags supplied by vehicle parts firm Takata, while an issue with a faulty window switch caused the company to recall 6.5m cars in 2015.