Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrid vehicles over stalling issue

The recall affects about 1.25 million Toyota vehicles sold in Japan, 830,000 vehicles in North America, and 290,000 vehicles sold in Europe.
The recall affects about 1.25 million Toyota vehicles sold in Japan, 830,000 vehicles in North America, and 290,000 vehicles sold in Europe.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Toyota Motor Corp on Friday (Oct 5) said it was recalling a total of 2.43 million gasoline hybrid vehicles at home and abroad over a hybrid system issue which can lead to stalling.

The recall, which includes Prius and Auris models, covers vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014.

It affects about 1.25 million vehicles sold in Japan, 830,000 vehicles in North America, and 290,000 vehicles sold in Europe. Vehicles sold in China, Africa, Oceania and other regions are also affected.

In a statement, Toyota said that in "rare situations", some vehicles could fail to switch to a "fail-safe" driving mode in the event of a fault with the hybrid system, which can lead to a loss of power and result in stalling.

The automaker said that it was not aware of any crashes due to the issue in Japan.

Borneo Motors, Toyota's distributor in Singapore, said on Friday it is currently in contact with the affected customers and commercial partners to initiate the rectification procedures. 

To address the issue, it said in a statement, Toyota is actively developing the latest software which will take approximately two to three months to develop for most of the involved vehicles. 

A total of 744 Prius cars produced between Oct 2008 and Nov 2014 are affected in this recall.

"Once the latest software is available, Borneo Motors (Singapore) will update the software for all involved vehicles at no charge," said Borneo Motors.

"Customer safety and peace of mind is a top priority, and we are making the utmost effort to ensure a smooth and efficient rectification process."

With input from Jose Hong