Toyota recalling 2.4M hydrid vehicles over stalling issue

Toyota recalling 2.4M hydrid vehicles over stalling issue

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) on Friday said it was recalling a total of 2.43 million gasoline hybrid vehicles at home and overseas over a hybrid system issue which can lead to stalling.

A total of 2.4 million cars will be recalled worldwide including 1.25 million sold in Japan, 830,000 in North America and 290,000 in Europe.

Toyota says that it was unaware of any accidents caused by the fault.

All those affected were produced between October 2008 and November 2014.

Dealership technicians will apply a software patch to the recalled vehicles, which should clean the problem up and ensure that "limp" mode activates when it should. In the recalled vehicles, however, they might lose power and stall instead of going into "limp" mode, which could increase the risk of a crash if it happens at a bad time.

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Toyota said the cars affected had already been recalled previously for other reasons in 2014 and 2015.

While these cars were created to enter this mode in response to certain hybrid system faults, this may not operate as intended.

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

The auto giant last month issued a recall for 1.03 million cars globally over an issue related to wiring that could cause fires in vehicles.

In 2016, Toyota announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally over problems with air bags and a fuel emission control unit.

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