Toyota just announced a safety recall for its Toyota Prius and Prius V models, affecting 2.4 million vehicles worldwide. In the United States, the recall covers 807,000 cars.
According to a press release on the automaker’s website, its hybrid models could lose power so they are issuing a voluntary recall:
“In rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended. If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash.”
The Prius is supposed to go into the failsafe mode when it overheats or has another problem. So far, it is unclear whether there have been any accidents or injuries.
The vehicles affected by the recall include 2010 – 2014 Priuses and 2012 – 2014 Prius V models. To remedy the issue, dealers will provide a software update free of charge for all vehicle owners. The update is not yet available, but Toyota will notify consumers when they can schedule their cars for repairs.
Last month, a separate recall was issued for 2016 – 2018 Prius models due to a faulty engine wire harness. Over 190,000 vehicles required a repair to that component, which was also offered free of charge.
Customers with questions can contact Toyota directly by calling 800.331.4331.
Are you affected by Toyota’s latest recall? Have you noticed any problems with your Prius?