Toyota to Recall 1.9M Prius Cars for Software Defect

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014  |  Updated 11:06 PM PDT
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Toyota to Recall 1.9M Prius Cars for Software Defect

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Toyota Motor announced a recall Wednesday covering all 1.9 million of its third-generation Prius cars sold worldwide, according to Reuters. About half of the recalls are in Japan and 713,000 in North America, a Toyota spokeswoman said. The recall was issued because of a programming glitch in the vehicles' hybrid system. Toyota said the problem was in the software used to control the boost converter in a module that is part of the hybrid system. In limited cases, the hybrid system could shut down, causing the vehicle to stop, possibly while it is being driven, the company said. No accidents have been attributed to the defect.

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