Toyota recalls 55,000 hybrids in United Kingdom over 'stalling' fault

The Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius

Japanese auto giant Toyota announced on Friday they are recalling 8,000 vehicles in Australia as part of a global 2.4 million faulty vehicle recall.

All those affected were produced between October 2008 and November 2014. See the chart below.

"The involved vehicles were created to enter a failsafe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults", Toyota said in a statement. More than a million cars from Japan, 200,000 cars from Europe have been hit by the recall. In the recalled vehicles, however, they might lose power and stall instead of going into "limp" mode, which could increase the risk of a crash if it happens at a bad time. However, a vehicle would be at increased risk of causing a crash if it stalled while at a fast speed.

The vehicles involved were also subject to recalls in February 2014 and July 2015 for other reasons.

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

"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall". On top of that, Toyota will fix faulty vehicles for free, with the total process expected to take around 40 minutes. Toyota did not say how many customers reported stalling incidents, whether there were accidents, or when customers could bring in their cars for fix.

The Borneo Motors spokesman said that once the latest software is available, it will update the software for all affected vehicles at no charge.

As far as the models that have been called back by the company are concerned, the recall consists of certain cars from the 2010 to 2014 Prius models and a few 2012 to 2014 wagon-styled Prius V cars.

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