Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Toyota Recalls 975,000 Cars for Stalling and Airbag Defects

Toyota Recalls 975,000 Cars for Stalling and Airbag Defects

Toyota Motor Corp on Friday (Oct 5) 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.

Toyota doesn't sell the Auris in the USA, which is why the Stateside component of this recall only covers the Prius and Prius V.

In rare cases they might not enter a "failsafe" driving mode, lose power and stall, the company warned.

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

Toyota Ireland has said that a total of 1,289 vehicles have been affected in Ireland.

Power steering and braking would still work, but a stall at a fast speed could increase the risk of a crash. In July 2015, Toyota recalled 108,624 Prius V models from 2012-2014 for the same issue and again updated the software.

It's not the first time Toyota's had trouble with the fail-safe procedure with some of these cars.

The Japanese auto-maker issued a massive recall of over 2.4 million of its popular hybrid line, Toyota Prius.

Globally, the recall includes other models that use the Prius' two-mode hybrid system.

Borneo Motors, Toyota's distributor in Singapore, said on Friday it is now in contact with the affected customers and commercial partners to initiate the rectification procedures. The Prius cars in Pakistan are imported from Japan too and a considerable amount of Japan-bound Prius cars have been affected.

The automaker is recalling another 168,000 sedans, trucks, and SUVs for more ECU problems that can shut off some or all of the airbags. Filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were not available.

Dealers will apply a software fix to the Prius cars for free.

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