EV fault sparks huge hybrid recall

EV fault sparks huge hybrid recall

BBC reports that Toyota has announced a worldwide recall involving more than 2.4 million hybrid vehicles after a fault could cause their vehicles to lose power.

Prius and Auris are the models affected, with 1.25 million in Japan, 830,000 in North America and 290,000 in Europe, of which about 55,000 are in the UK.

The affected vehicles were all produced between October 2008 and November 2014.

The automaker said that the fault could cause vehicles to stall in 'rare situations' when in the 'failsafe' driving mode, but that it was unaware of any accidents caused by the problem.

'While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash,' the company said.

Toyota said that the vehicles had previously recalled in 2014 and 2015 for different reasons but that 'the remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall,' it added.

A Toyota UK spokesman said that the solution was a software upgrade which would take around 40 minutes and that owners of the problem vehicles would be contacted.

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