Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Toyota recalls 2.43 million cars globally

Toyota recalls 2.43 million cars globally

More than 55,000 hybrid cars have been recalled by Toyota in the United Kingdom due to possible stalling problems.

Vehicles sold in Japan, America, Europe, China, Africa, and other regions are also affected.

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

Toyota doesn't sell the Auris in the United States, which is why the Stateside component of this recall only covers the Prius and Prius V.

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

The firm in September said it was recalling more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires.

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A Toyota UK spokesman said owners of the affected vehicles would be notified. Power steering and braking would still work but a stall at a fast speed could increase risks of a crash.

This could cause the vehicle to possibly stall.

But the news had little impact on Toyota shares, which ended marginally lower.

When a fault is discovered in the hybrid system, the cars in question should default to a "failsafe" driving mode (often referred to as "limp" mode) that will allow the vehicle enough power to get off the road and to a safe place.

According to Toyota's release, this issue was also addressed in two prior recalls from 2014 and 2015.

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

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