Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Cars Worldwide
Japanese automotive giant Toyota has recalled 1.9 million Toyota Prius cars due to software glitch. The company has announced recall of hybrid cars produced after March 2009 due to safety reasons. The recall has been issued for worldwide delivery of the vehicles.
The official statement from Toyota said, "The software settings in Prius could result in higher thermal stress in certain transistors, potentially causing them to become damaged."
Toyota has acted after nearly 300 complaints from Japan and 90 from North America were received by the company. The car switches to failsafe mode due to software error. The company will inform car owners across the world and update the software to correct the issue. The update to hybrid control ECU software in Prius will fix the issue. So far, no incidents have been reported.
The company will recall 997,000 cars in Japan, 713,000 in North America and 130,000 in Europe. Toyota suffered a major blow to its reputation in 2009 after the company had to recall vehicles due to safety concerns in United States. Later, vehicle recalls were announced in other markets as well. After many years, Toyota regained its market position as the company offered assurance of customer safety and quality.