Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars

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Japanese auto giant Toyota announced on Friday they are recalling 8,000 vehicles in Australia as part of a global 2.4 million faulty vehicle recall.

The recall mainly affects certain Prius variants produced between October 2008 and November 2014, the auto maker said Friday.

In a statement, Toyota said: "The involved vehicles were created to enter a failsafe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults".

When that happens, "the vehicle could lose power and stall".

The Borneo Motors spokesman said that once the latest software is available, it will update the software for all affected vehicles at no charge. Power steering and braking would still work but a stall at a fast speed could increase risks of a crash.

Affected drivers will be sent a letter asking them to book in their vehicle for a software upgrade at their nearest Toyota retailer.

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This comes just a month after another recall affected one million similar cars.

According to Toyota's release, this issue was also addressed in two prior recalls from 2014 and 2015. In November 2017, Toyota recalled the 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in for fuses that could similarly shut down the entire auto while driving.

The company had received three reports in Japan related to the issue as of the end of September, but wasn't aware of any crashes in the country, Jault said.

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

Prius vehicles were involved in an earlier recall for a different problem, that did not fix the current software issue, the company said. Customers will be notified when they can get their cars repaired.

In 2016, it announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally over problems with airbags and a fuel emission control unit.