Toyota recalls 2.4 million cars globally, as new faults come to light

Japanese automaker Toyota on Friday said it will recall more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a fault that could cause crashes.

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

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The recent recall affects several models of Toyota’s Prius and its Auris hybrid vehicles produced betwen October 2008 and November 2014, with more than a million of the affected cars in Japan.

A number of cars in other countries have also been affected with 830,000 in North America, 290,000 in Europe, 3,000 in China and more in other parts of the world.

Japan’s transportation ministry said Toyota had reported three malfunctions locally related to the issue, but no accidents.

The Japanese car giant, in a statement, mentioned the cars involved in the recall had already been involved in previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, but ‘the remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall.’

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“If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash,” Toyota said.
In 2016, Toyota announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally over problems with air bags and a fuel emission control unit.

Toyota has sold more than 10 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.

Meanwhile, the next-generation Toyota Corolla Hybrid was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The hybrid car is based on the latest-generation Corolla Sport hatchback that is on sale in the Japanese market. Powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder, Dual VVT-i petrol engine coupled with an electric motor, it develops 98 bhp at 5500 rpm and 142 Nm of peak torque at 3600 rpm. The car accelerates from 0- 100 kmph in 10.9 seconds while attaining a top-speed of 180 kmph.

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