Toyota said today it is recalling about about 700,000 Prius hybrids from 2010 to 2014 because current software settings could cause higher thermal stress in certain transistors, leading to damage, according to Consumer Reports.
“If this happens, the vehicle can enter a failsafe mode, potentially causing the system shut down while the vehicle is being driven, resulting in the loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop.”
“If your Prius enters the failsafe mode, quickly pull over to a safe location, exit the vehicle, and call for help. We suggest you exit the vehicle in this situation because you don’t want to be in or near a car on the side of the road in case another vehicle careers into it.”
Toyota is also recalling 260,000 2012 RAV4, 2012 to 2013 Tacoma, and 2012 to 2013 Lexus RX 350 vehicles to address a separate issue involving a potential electronic circuit condition that can cause the stability control, antilock brake, and traction control functions to intermittently turn off.
No accidents or injuries were reported by Toyota.
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