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.
The recall, which covers vehicles sold in Japan, North America and Europe, affects 55,519 Prius, Prius+ and Auris models in the UK built between October 2008 and November 2014.
The identified fault occurs when a specific hybrid component failure, coupled with hard acceleration, causes the vehicle to lose power rather than enter a fail-safe driving mode. This could cause the car to stall, which could increase the risk of a crash when driving at high speeds. Toyota has confirmed that power steering and braking would still work in this scenario.
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What to do if your Toyota Hybrid car is affected
After reaching out to the car giant, Toyota told us that customers affected by the recall will be contacted directly to alert them of the problem. On top of that, Toyota will fix faulty vehicles for free, with the total process expected to take around 40 minutes.
This isn’t the first time Toyota has been forced to recall some of its cars. The company told us:
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