Auris, Prius and Prius+ are affected; software issue affects hybrid system and could cause the car to lose power and stall

Toyota has announced that it will recall 55,519 hybrid cars in the UK as part of a 2.4 million-car global recall. 

AurisPrius and Prius+ hybrid cars with the 1.8-litre engine, built between October 2008 and November 2014, are affected. 

The fault, according to Toyota, is a software issue that could cause the cars to not enter a designated failsafe mode in certain situations associated with the hybrid powertrain. 

Should this occur, the car could lose power and stall, although functions such as the power steering, brakes and lights would still work. 

It will take around 40 minutes to fix the cars with a software update that can be carried out at owners’ local Toyota dealer. 

Toyota confirmed that the recall will be carried out in accordance with DVSA guidelines but couldn’t comment on when the last cars are expected to be fixed.

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5 October 2018

What other dangerous faults do these cars have?

Why wasn't this problem found during development testing?

5 October 2018
max1e6 wrote:

What other dangerous faults do these cars have?

Why wasn't this problem found during development testing?

 

Unlike some manufacturers : at least they recall their products! Major lolz.

 

BMW, VW Group dieselgate (even worse they hid the issues) etc

 

Steam cars are due a revival.

6 October 2018
Thekrankis wrote:

....pfffffft!

If youre deciding that hybrids are not the future based on one recall of Toyota hybrids, then just check out all the recalls of non hybrid cars - there are many recalls from lots of manufacturers every year of petrol, diesel and hybrids.

XXXX just went POP.

8 October 2018

I'm a bit undecided on Hybrids and at the moment I can't see much of a financial reason unless you pay company car taxes. Long term, well it's just one more thing to go wrong, which it has in this case.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 October 2018

'The fault, according to Toyota, is a software issue that could cause the cars to not enter a designated failsafe mode in certain situations associated with the hybrid powertrain. '

What are the 'certain situations'?

Is the car hardware damaged if the system doesn't enter the failsafe driving mode?

How many accidents have occurred because of this design defect?

Will Toyota pay for any repairs that have already been done because of this design defect?

Will Toyota compensate affected owners for any increased insurance premiums they are having to pay as result of accidents caused by this design defect?

Will Toyota compensate affected owners for the time and cost of having to travel to a Toyota dealer for the recall software update?

 

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