A new batch of recall was announced for Toyota Prius hybrids over reports of loss of power.
According to an announcement Toyota released, there are also “rare situations” when the vehicle do not enter the failsafe mode, which was intended for when the car’s hybrid system fails.
In total, 752,000 Prius hybrid units are affected by the recall, of which 267,000 are in the United States. The units in question are the 2013 to 2015 Prius and 2014 to 2017 Prius V models.
Both the Prius and Prius V models are designed to enter a failsafe mode when a problem is detected in the hybrid system. This technology helps the driver get the car home without experiencing any problems with the vehicle.
However, in the case of the Prius hybrids, the failsafe mode sometimes does not get activated due to an internal issue. This increases the likelihood of power loss and for the car to stall. The sudden loss of power may also increase the risk of a crash, although Toyota said power steering and brake functions would still remain.
To fix the problem, Toyota plans to update the hybrid system to ensure the failsafe mode activates as needed. The system update will be free of charge for owners of Prius vehicles affected by the recall.
The automaker also added that customers who have experienced an inverter failure related to the Prius issue will also get a replacement at no additional cost.
Toyota will begin sending recall notifications to customers in August.