The 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