Toyota recalls 2.43 million cars globally

The Toyota Prius

In response to The Straits Times' queries, a spokesman for Borneo Motors (Singapore) - the sole distributor for Toyota here - said the recall involved 744 Prius hybrid vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014.

The firm in September said it was recalling more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires.

About 1.25 million cars are affected in Japan, 807,000 in the U.S., 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China.

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

The auto maker said the fault could in rare situations cause certain models to enter a "failsafe" driving mode, resulting in a lose of power.

"While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash".

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The recall is meant to address situations in which the failure of a specific component, coupled with hard acceleration, could cause the vehicle to lose power rather than enter a failsafe driving mode.

Toyota Ireland also said that there are no reported incidents in Ireland.

Should this occur, the vehicle could lose power and stall, although functions such as the power steering, brakes and lights would still work. The vehicles in the current recall had been called back before, in February 2014 and July 2015, for a related issue, Jault said.

A UK Toyota spokesman told Express.co.uk the company would contact all affected auto owners in due course after retrieving owner information from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

On top of that, Toyota will fix faulty vehicles for free, with the total process expected to take around 40 minutes.

The Prius and Prius V vehicles may contain a software fault in their ECU.

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