Japanese vehicle giant Toyota said Friday it is recalling more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a fault that could cause crashes, just a month after another recall affecting hybrids. See the chart below.
When a fault is discovered in the hybrid system, the cars in question should default to a "failsafe" driving mode (often referred to as "limp" mode) that will allow the vehicle enough power to get off the road and to a safe place.
The recall applies to 1.25 million vehicles in Japan, 807,000 in the USA, 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China with the rest across the globe.
"We've found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a fail-safe driving mode as intended", Tania Saldana, a Toyota spokeswoman, said in an email to NPR.
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.
A UK Toyota spokesman told Express.co.uk the company would contact all affected auto owners in due course after retrieving owner information from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
In a statement available on the company's website, Toyota said the cars involved in the recall 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".
Affected drivers will be sent a letter asking them to book in their vehicle for a software upgrade at their nearest Toyota retailer.
Toyota Ireland has confirmed that a total of 1,289 vehicles have been affected here.
"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall". The problem would be fixed by means of a software upgrade that would take about 40 minutes, he said.
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