The first mass-produced hybrid vehicle might have a software issue that makes Toyota recall 1.9 million Prius hybrid vehicles. The top-selling car seems to have a problem that determines the vehicle to slow down suddenly. Toyota claims that it is a software fault.
According to Toyota, the same issue was identified in no less than 400 cases, most of them occurring in Japan and North America. However, the good news is that no accidents and no injuries occurred due to this problem. Toyota also claimed that the defect is not a dangerous issue.
This is not the first time when Toyota seems to experience an issue with its products. The issue with the Prius is announced only a week after the famous car manufacturer has halted the sale of some car models, due to problematic seat heaters. The biggest carmaker in the world stopped selling particular car models in the United States.
The Prius models that will be recalled now by Toyota include the latest generation Prius sedans, released since March 2009. The bug is most likely caused by a software problem, which makes the vehicle enter into a failsafe mode, which determines the car to slow down, while driving power is reduced.
Toyota said that in few cases, the problem even made the vehicle to completely stop, as the hybrid system shut down. The software issue causes warning lights to go off.
Now, Toyota recalled vehicles manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014. The Japanese carmaker also made a massive recall of its vehicles in 2009, when over 14 million cars were affected by certain problems with floor mats, breaks and gas pedals.
The Toyota Prius was first released in 1997. Naturally, throughout the years the model suffered numerous changes. It currently is one of the most popular hybrid vehicles on the market. Probably, Toyota will solve the new issue soon, so the popularity of the car will most likely not be seriously impacted by this problem.
Toyota has been last year the company with the highest sales when it comes to all carmakers. The company sold approximately 10 million vehicles in 2013.