More than 1,200 Toyota cars in Ireland affected by safety recall

Daniel Fowler
October 5, 2018

The recall applies to 1.25 million vehicles in Japan, 807,000 in the United States, 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China, with the rest across the globe.

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

Borneo Motors, the authorised distributor for Toyota in Singapore, said in an email to Channel NewsAsia that 744 Toyota Prius cars in Singapore were affected by the latest recall.

Toyota says that it was unaware of any accidents caused by the fault.

It is the second recall for the Prius in the space of a month, with the previous one involving more than 1 million hybrid cars due to the risk of fire.

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The problem identified arises when the cars fail to enter "failsafe driving mode as intended".

While these cars were created to enter this mode in response to certain hybrid system faults, this may not operate as intended.

The issue stems from the vehicles' software. Power steering and braking would still work but a stall at a fast speed could increase risks of a crash. The vehicles in the current recall had been called back before, in February 2014 and July 2015, for a related issue, Jault said. 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.

Chief Executive Steve Tormey said that "Toyota is committed to ensure the highest standards of safety for our customers above all else".

Toyota has sold more than 10 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.

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