Toyota Australia has today announced that it will initiate a safety recall involving Prius and Corolla Hatch hybrid vehicles produced between February 2014 and April 2018. The total number of vehicles involved in Australia is 5,965.
The involved vehicles are designed to enter a failsafe driving mode in the event of certain hybrid system faults. Toyota has identified that in rare situations the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended.
If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall or loss of power while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash.
For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will update the hybrid system software free of charge.
It is expected that the remedy will take approximately 1 hour. However, depending upon the Dealer’s work schedule, it may be necessary for the owner to make the vehicle available for a longer period of time.