Toyota recalls 30,790 UK Prius models over software glitch | Industry - Car News Feb 2014

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12:33 Wednesday 12 Feb 2014

Toyota is recalling 1.9 million of its Prius hybrids, including 30,790 UK-registered cars, over a software glitch which could cause the vehicles to slow down suddenly.

The recall affects all third-generation Prius models built by the company since the model's introduction in March 2009.

The problem surrounds the software used to control the boost converter in the Intelligent Power Module, which is required during heavy acceleration.

Toyota claims the software could "lead to higher thermal stress occurring in certain insulated-gate bipolar transistors in the boost converter which may lead to them deforming or being damaged." If this happens, the car would switch into 'limp-home' mode, with a consequent loss of power.

No accidents or injuries have been reported over the defect.

Vehicle owners will be contacted in the following weeks to have a software update carried out which will rectify the problem. The update takes around 40 minutes and is free of charge.

Customers can also check if their vehicle is affected by using the registration look-up function in the owners' section of the Toyota website.

 


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