Toyota Recalls 700,000 2010-'14 Prius Hybrids in U.S.


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    2014 Toyota Prius Picture

    Toyota is recalling approximately 700,000 2010-'14 Toyota Prius hybrids in the U.S. to fix a software problem that could cause the vehicle to automatically shut down. | February 12, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Toyota is recalling approximately 700,000 2010-'14 Toyota Prius hybrids in the U.S. to fix a software problem that could cause the vehicle to automatically shut down.
  • The U.S. action is part of a larger global recall of 1.9 million Prius hybrids.
  • Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said it has received no reports of accidents or injuries linked to the Prius recall.

TORRANCE, California — Toyota is recalling approximately 700,000 2010-'14 Toyota Prius hybrids in the U.S. to fix a software problem that could cause the vehicle to automatically shut down.

The U.S. action is part of a larger global recall of 1.9 million Prius hybrids.

"Toyota will update the motor/generator control ECU (electronic control unit) and hybrid control ECU software on certain model year 2010-'14 Prius vehicles," said Toyota in a statement on its Web site on Wednesday. "The software's current settings could result in higher thermal stress in certain transistors, potentially causing them to become damaged.

"If this happens, various warning lights will illuminate and the vehicle can enter a failsafe mode. In rare circumstances, the hybrid system might shut down while the vehicle is being driven, resulting in the loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop."

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said it has received no reports of accidents or injuries linked to the Prius recall.

No information about the Prius recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S. Today said it is advising NHTSA of its plans to conduct the voluntary safety recall.

Toyota dealers will update the software in the Prius. The automaker said owners will be notified by first-class mail when the software updates are available. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Edmunds says: Owners of the affected Toyota Priuses will have to wait until they receive their formal recall notice before taking the car in for the repair. But if you are experiencing any problems with the car, get it into the dealership immediately.

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