TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motors Sales U.S.A. said it is recalling approximately 109,000 2012-'14 Toyota Prius V hybrid wagons to fix a software problem that may cause the hybrid system to shut down while the car is being driven.
"In the involved vehicles, the current software settings for the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU could result in higher thermal stress in certain transistors, potentially causing them to become damaged," the automaker said in a statement on Wednesday.
"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."
This is part of a larger global recall of 625,000 Prius hybrids.
Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight said there are no reports of injuries, accidents or fatalities linked to the recall.
Toyota dealers will update the software for the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should expect to receive an official recall notice in the mail within 60 days. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.