For the second time in just over a month, there has been a Toyota Prius recall. This most recent recall involves 807,000 Toyota Prius vehicles from model years 2010 through 2014 and Prius V hybrid vehicles from model years 2012 through 2014. Representatives for Toyota declined Red Tricycle’s request for comment.
The previous recall involved 192,000 model year 2016 through 2018 Toyota Prius cars in the United States. In September, the recall involved an engine wire harness issue. This current issue as of October 2018 involves the failsafe driving mode.
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Recall Description: Toyoto Prius Vehicles
The current recall is for model year 2010 through 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles and 2012 through 2014 Toyota Prius V vehicles.
Why the Cars Were Recalled
Toyota equips the Prius vehicles involved with a failsafe mode. The cars are designed to enter this mode in response to some hybrid system faults. According to a Toyota press release, “in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended. If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall.”
Even though Toyota notes that the power steering and braking should remain operational, the stall risk increases the likelihood of a crash when driving at high speeds.
How to Tell If Your Prius Is Part of the Recall
If you have a 2010 to 2014 Toyota Prius or 2012 to 2014 Toyota Prius V hybrid, your car may be part of the recall. Bring your car to a Toyota dealer for verification.
What Parents Can Do
Toyota will have a software update that can remedy the situation. Your Toyota dealer should update your car at no charge.