Toyota recalls 31,000 UK Prius hybrids

priusThe Japanese car maker Toyota today announced the recall of some of its current, third-generation Prius models because of a fault that the company says may cause the petrol/electric hybrid system to shut down, causing the car to stop.

The recall affects almost 31,000 UK-registered Prius cars.  Toyota has recorded 11 ocurrancies of the fault but says it has no reports of any accidents or injuries relating to it.

The potential problem, says Toyota, is with the hybrid system’s boost converter software and was “identified through its stringent quality reporting programme”.

A statement said: “When the fault occurs, warning lights may be illuminated and the car is likely to switch to ‘failsafe’ operation – it can still be driven, but with reduced power. In limited cases the hybrid system may shut down, causing the vehicle to stop. The driver will not experience any change in the vehicle’s behaviour or performance prior to the problem occurring.”

Toyota confirmed that this issue will not occur in other Toyota hybrid vehicles, as these use different transistor structures and control logic.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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