Toyota recalls 55,000 hybrids in United Kingdom over 'stalling' fault

Toyota recalls 55,000 hybrids in United Kingdom over 'stalling' fault

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

In the US, the recall covers more than 800,000 vehicles: the model year.

Another 830,000 are in North America, 290,000 in Europe, 3,000 in China, and the rest in other parts of the world.

Auto owners of Prius, Prius + and Auris hybrid models are advised to ensure the software on their vehicle is updated - but drivers do not need to do anything just yet.

The auto giant has offered to update the software of the vehicles for free to fix the issue.

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

Toyota also added there was no current data to suggest how many similar incidents had occured outside of Japan.

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Toyota said it had received three reports in Japan related to the problem by the end of September and reported them to the transport ministry.

The fail-safe driving mode, also known as "limp mode", is engaged when the auto computer detects a critical issue with the vehicle, which usually means receiving signal values way outside of the normal range from one or more of the built-in sensors.

The global recall also affects Prius a, Prius v, Prius + and Auris vehicles.

"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall".

In a statement, Toyota said the cars had already been involved in previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, but "the remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall". The company says its dealers will contact affected Prius owners when the software is available.

Toyota Ireland has confirmed that a total of 1,289 vehicles have been affected here.

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