Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A Toyota Prius drives in a residential neighborhood in San Anselmo, California, in 2010. Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that it is recalling 1.9 million of the vehicles worldwide, including 713,000 in North America, for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system.
2:37 p.m.: How to see if your vehicle was recalled
Toyota said Wednesday that it is recalling some 713,000 Prius cars in North America for a glitch in the software that controls the hybrid system, creating the potential for the vehicle to stall.
About a quarter of all Prius sales in the United States are in California, Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight told KPCC. That means a fair number of Prius owners in Southern California could be affected.
Knight said Prius owners have several options for finding out if their vehicle was part of the latest recall:
- wait to receive a notice in the mail
- visit the Toyota safety recalls website and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- call a dealership — they can look up your car and schedule a service appointment
The fix in this case involves a software update that should take about 45 minutes, according to Knight.
She said Prius drivers should be OK even if they don't get the update for a few weeks. If the system fails, the car would go into what's called "limp home mode."
"It can still be driven but it would have a lot of warning lights. It would have reduced power but it would still drive," she said. "The idea is for the driver to be able to stop in a safe area, pull over and get assistance. Or make their way home slowly."
Knight stressed that Toyota doesn't want people to see the recall as a bad or troublesome thing, but more as a kind of safety upgrade — a Prius 2.0 — that can "help drivers be completely confident in the safety and reliability of their vehicle, that all their systems are up to par."
— Shirley Jahad
9:41 a.m.: Toyota recalls 1.9 million Prius cars for software
Toyota is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software glitch that could cause the vehicle to stall.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system.
No accidents or injuries have been reported related to the problem.
The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
The Japanese automaker suffered massive recalls starting in 2009, affecting more than 14 million vehicles for problems including floor mats, gas pedals and brakes.
— Associated Press