Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrids over stalling risk

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Toyota has issued a recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles around the world due to potential problems with stalling.

The models subject to the recall are the Prius sedan and wagon produced between October 2008 and November 2014, according to a company spokeswoman. About 1.25 million of the cars are in Japan and 830,000 in North America, he said.

"Owners of recalled model year 2010-2014 Prius and model year 2012-2014 Prius V vehicles should get the free fix when notified by Toyota", it said in a statement. This could cause the vehicle to stall, which could increase the risk of a crash when driving at high speeds.

The identified fault occurs when a specific hybrid component failure, coupled with hard acceleration, causes the vehicle to lose power rather than enter a fail-safe driving mode.

Should this occur, the auto could lose power and stall, although functions such as the power steering, brakes and lights would still work.

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The recall was resulted after a technical fault was uncovered which could cause the vehicle to stall at high speeds. More than 800,000 vehicles in the United States will be involved in this recall, Toyota said in a statement.

Three malfunctions related to the issue were reported in Japan, with no accidents caused. A Toyota official told BBC that the issue would be fixed with the help of a software upgrade spanning over 40 minutes.

This is also the second time in two months that the Prius has developed problems.

The auto giant last month issued a recall for 1.03 million cars globally over an issue related to wiring that could cause fires in vehicles.

Toyota has issued several recalls in the past over issues including faults with floor mats, breaks and airbags.