Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrids over stalling risk

Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrids over stalling risk

"Toyota has found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended". In this mode, the car's speed is limited at 30-45MPH, which prevents further damage to the engine but allows the driver to vacate the road.

In a statement from Toyota cited by Reuters, the Japanese vehicle giant said the fault arises when the cars fail to enter "fail-safe driving mode as intended". The carmaker stated that no actual accidents have been recorded so far.

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

Toyota is now in the process of recalling around 2.4 million cars worldwide over fears that a faulty component could cause some vehicles to stall without warning.

A total of 744 Toyota Prius cars in Singapore have been recalled due to a fault that could result in a higher risk of the cars crashing.

The company says the issue differs from problems with the Prius fail-safe mode that were addressed in the 2014 and 2015 recalls.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is reviewing complaints and other information provided by the public, and has been consulting with Toyota before Friday's recall.

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

But the news had little impact on Toyota shares, which ended marginally lower.

The company had received three reports in Japan related to the issue as of the end of September, but wasn't aware of any crashes in the country, Jault said.

In 2016, Toyota announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally over problems with air bags and a fuel emission control unit.

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