Toyota on Friday said that it will recall about 800,000 examples of its popular Prius hybrid in the USA and about 1.6 million more worldwide over a concern that the vehicles may lose power and stall while being driven.
In response to The Straits Times' queries, a spokesman for Borneo Motors (Singapore) - the sole distributor for Toyota here - said the recall involved 744 Prius hybrid vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014. See the chart below.
The problem identified arises when the cars fail to enter 'failsafe driving mode as intended'. If that happens at higher speeds, there is an increased risk of a crash.
The auto maker said that it was not aware of any crashes due to the issue in Japan. In isolated cases, the automaker said that the vehicles stalled, although their power steering and brake systems still functioned.
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When asked if any crashes had been reported because of the issue, Toyota offered no comment. The problem would be fixed by means of a software upgrade that would take about 40 minutes, he said.
Auto owners of Prius, Prius + and Auris hybrid models are advised to ensure the software on their vehicle is updated - but drivers do not need to do anything just yet.
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.
The company says it will be contacting the affected customers directly by mail to arrange to have their cars checked and software updated by their local Toyota dealer free of charge.