Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrids over stalling risk

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The firm in September said it was recalling more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires.

Toyota recalled more than 2 million Prius hybrids worldwide Friday over a software flaw that could in rare cases cause the cars to stall out at high speeds.

It affects about 1.25 million vehicles sold in Japan, 830,000 vehicles in North America, and 290,000 vehicles sold in Europe.

The recall applies to some Toyota Prius and Auris hybrids made from October 2008 to November 2014.

In a statement, Toyota said some vehicles could fail to enter a "failsafe" mode in the event of a fault with the hybrid system, which could cause vehicles to lose power and stall.

After reaching out to the auto giant, Toyota told us that customers affected by the recall will be contacted directly to alert them of the problem.

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"We've found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a fail-safe driving mode as intended", Tania Saldana, a Toyota spokeswoman, said in an email to NPR.

Toyota did not say how many customers reported stalling incidents, whether there were accidents, or when customers could bring in their cars for fix.

Toyota said the cars involved in the recall had already been involved in previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, but: "the remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall".

No accidents have been reported, according to Toyota, but the company admitted it had received three reports relating to the issue in Japan.

"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall".

The company says it will be contacting the affected customers directly by mail to arrange to have their cars checked and software updated by their local Toyota dealer free of charge.

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