Toyota recalling 2.4M hydrid vehicles over stalling issue

Toyota recalling 2.4M hydrid vehicles over stalling issue

A total of 2.4 million cars will be recalled worldwide including 1.25 million sold in Japan, 830,000 in North America and 290,000 in Europe.

Toyota said it had received three reports of the problem in Japan but they did not involve accidents.

The recall applies to some Toyota Prius and Auris hybrids made from October 2008-November 2014.

In a statement, the company said that some vehicles could fail to switch to a "failsafe" driving mode, increasing the risk of potential crashes.

Toyota said the cars affected had already been recalled previously for other reasons in 2014 and 2015.

"We can't assess the impact of the recall immediately as we first need to analyse details of the problem, but the latest recall at least raised concerns as Prius is Toyota's leading brand", said Satoru Takada, an analyst at TIW, a Tokyo-based research and consulting firm.

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In the USA, the recall covers more than 800,000 vehicles: the model year.

In a statement from Toyota cited by Reuters, the Japanese auto giant said the fault arises when the cars fail to enter "fail-safe driving mode as intended".

This could cause the vehicle to possibly stall.

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

Toyota has sold more than 12 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.

It's one of the largest recalls for Toyota unrelated to Takata Corp. airbags or 2009's unintended acceleration crisis.