Toyota Prius recalls continue with software, hybrid system woes

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Toyota and recalls as synonymous. The Japanese manufacturer has announced another recall, this time 625,000 Prius models worldwide for a software issue. that could result in the failure of the hybrid system.

In the United States, the recall affects 109,000 Prius V models from 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The issue in the current software for the motor/generator control and hybrid control ECU’s can cause increases temperatures near some transistor. A warning light would warn drivers, but it could also escalate and cause the hybrid system severe damage.

Dealers will upgrade the software for both ECUs to fix the issue. Toyota will notify owners in the U.S. by mail about scheduling repairs.

More than 600,000 Toyota Prius V models have been recalled.
More than 600,000 Toyota Prius V models have been recalled.

According to Reuters, the international news agency, about 340,000 vehicles in Japan and 160,000 in Europe need the repair.

They Toyota Prius V has two additional other recalls affecting 2014-2015 models, one to adjust the Occupant Classification System and the other for an ECU software issue on 2010-2014 models.

For current Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, visit: and enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: For additional questions, contact Toyota Customer Service, Tel. 1-800-331-4331

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