Toyota Recalls Nearly 2 Million Prius Hybrid Cars Due to Software Glitch
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Feb 12, 2014 in Defective Products
Although Google is currently testing driver-less cars, Toyota seems to have already developed such a vehicle by accident. Once again the largest vehicle manufacturer in the world is recalling 1.9 million Prius hybrid cars after a software glitch that could cause the vehicle to abruptly stop was found.
According to Toyota a programming glitch could cause the gas-electric hybrid systems to shut down; in most cases the defect will set off the vehicles warning lights and cause it to enter failsafe mode. During failsafe mode the vehicle will slow down and eventually come to a full stop.
Approximately 713,000 Priuses in North American are affected, the majority of all other affected vehicles are in Japan and Europe. According to Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman in Tokyo, the company was not aware of any accidents linked to the defective vehicle.
This is the third time Prius models have been recalled, however, this is the largest recall for the popular green car. In 2013, more than 85,000 Priuses were recalled due to a problem with brake pressure.
The announcement comes less than three weeks after Toyota asked North American car dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats after it was found that the fabric did not comply with U.S safety codes and could catch on fire. Affected models included the Toyota Camry and Corolla; the Camry has been rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety since 2011.
Toyota has been plagued with defects for several years now and according to the New York Times, it has recalled more than 5 million vehicles annually in the past two years.
UPDATE: Toyota has announced that they will also be recalling "approximately 260,000 Model Year 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 vehicles sold in the United States to address two separate issues." in a public statement.