Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) on Wednesday issued a anamnesis accoutrement all 1.9 actor of the third-generation Prius cars awash worldwide, due to a programming annihilate in their amalgam system.
About bisected of the recalls are in Japan and 713,000 in North America, a Toyota backer said. No accidents accept been appear accompanying to the defect.
Toyota said the botheration was in thecomputer application acclimated to ascendancy the addition advocate in a bore that is allotment of the amalgam system.
“The ambience of thecomputer application could account college thermal accent in assertive transistors aural the booster converter, and these transistors could batter or become damaged as a result,” Toyota said.
“This will aftereffect in assorted admonishing lights actuality illuminated, and will apparently account the agent to access a failsafe mode,” it said, acquainted that the car can be apprenticed but with bargain active power.
In bound cases, the amalgam arrangement could shut down, causing the agent to stop, possibly while it is actuality driven, Toyota said.
The best recent activity would be the third anamnesis for the current, five-year-old Prius, best afresh in June aftermost year for problems accompanying to the anchor accumulator. The Prius is one of Toyota’s acknowledged models, and has become alike with the fuel-saving amalgam technology.
Toyota, the world’s top-selling automaker, does not acknowledge amount estimates for recalls.
The cardinal of cartage alleged aback for a distinct birthmark has ballooned over the years as car makers added use accepted genitalia beyond assorted models to save development and accretion costs.
Since a damaging affection crisis in 2010 that led to the anamnesis of added than 10 actor cartage and apparent a axis point in Toyota’s 70-year history, automakers in accepted accept become added proactive in acclamation assurance concerns.
In backward 2012, Toyota issued two multi-million-vehicle recalls, including one of added than 7.4 actor cartage to fix ability window switches that were a abeyant blaze hazard. That was the industry’s better distinct anamnesis back Ford Motor Co (F.N) took 8 actor cartage off the alley in 1996.
Shares in Toyota were up 0.3 percent on Wednesday afternoon, almost in band with the criterion Nikkei boilerplate .N225.