We have another frightening recall to report. This time, it's a popular automobile that is posing a serious danger to many unsuspecting drivers. Toyota has decided to recall 1.9 million Prius cars after finding out about a software glitch. The problem may sound innocuous, but it can lead to a very serious issue for people on the road. This glitch could cause the vehicles to stop suddenly and unexpectedly. Keep reading to learn what the company is doing to fix the situation for millions of customers.
The world's largest automaker announced a global recall of the super popular Prius model so that they could repair the problem in the cars. That reportedly affects 713,000 customers in the US who drive the eco-friendly line.
The main issue is in the software that controls the hybrid system. It can cause transistors to become damaged, and as a result, warning lights may go off and driving power could be reduced or completely come to a stop. So if someone is driving one of these cars, they risk the vehicle abruptly shutting down in the street. That can be dangerous in heavy traffic areas or on the highway. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported.
If you own a Prius, here is what you need to know:
- The vehicles in question were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
- The "glitch" in the software settings could create heat in the transistors in the circuits of the car and damage the parts.
- If you bring the car into a Toyota service center, they will repair the software problem.
- If you have an affected car, you can find more information at www.toyota.com/recall or by calling 1-800-331-4331.
It's the latest in a string of bad turns for the Toyota Motor Company. Last year, they recalled nearly 5.3 million cars. In one instance, vehicles had a potentially defective power window switch on the driver's side. That included Camry sedans, Camry hybrids, RAV4 crossovers, Tundra pickup tucks, Highlander SUVs, Corolla compact cars, and Sequoia SUVs. And in yet another recall, they had to fix an electronic problem that affected the cars' vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes, and traction control function. Despite those problems, it was named the third most dependable brand for the third consecutive year.
According to the company, they are trying to get more aggressive with correcting these types of issues when they pop up.
Has one of your cars ever been recalled? What was the problem?
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