Japanese automaker Toyota announced on Wednesday that they are recalling almost 2 million of their Prius hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix a software glitch that can cause the car to stall suddenly. They also announced a recall of around 260,000 RAV4 sports utility vehicles in the United States due to a separate issue.
The global Prius recall includes the 2010 to 2014 models and involves 1 million from Japan and then the rest from North America, Europe and other regions. The world’s leading carmaker says it will be updating the software in the electronic controls because the current settings can cause overheating in some of the transistors in the circuit, leading to damage to the other parts. One of the effects of this, aside from flashing warning lights in the dashboard, is that it might cause the shut down of the hybrid system and might stall the car while it is being driven. There have been no accidents or injuries reported because of this software glitch.
The SUV recall meanwhile, involves updating the software to fix the electronic circuit that can sometimes affect the vehicle’s stability control, antilock brake and traction control. Despite the massive recalls that Toyota has been doing, industry analysts say that this has not stopped people from buying and trusting their vehicles. In 2013, they recalled almost 5.3 million vehicles in the US alone, the highest of any automakers that year. But they still sold more than 234,000 Priuses in the U.S. alone last year, becoming one of the top-selling passenger cars in the country.
[ via LA Times ]
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