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Sunday 31 August 2014

Toyota recalls 700 of its Prius cars in Ireland

Published 12/02/2014 | 07:10

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The logo of Toyota Motor Corp's hybrid car is seen on the body of a Prius at the company's showroom in Tokyo April 17, 2013. Toyota Motor Corp on February 12, 2014 issued a recall covering all 1.9 million of the third-generation Prius cars sold worldwide, due to a programming glitch in their hybrid system.   REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files  (JAPAN - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS)
The logo of Toyota Motor Corp's hybrid car is seen on the body of a Prius at the company's showroom in Tokyo

TOYOTA is to recall more than half of the Prius vehicles it’s ever sold to update software.

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It is understood approximately 700 vehicles in Ireland are affected.

 

The recall involves about 1.9 million vehicles globally produced since March 2009, spokesman Brian Lyons said.

 

Toyota said this morning the global recall is a result of a fault that might cause the vehicles to slow down suddenly.

 

The company said there was a problem with software used to control a power converter.

 

"In limited cases, the hybrid system might shut down and the vehicle will stop, perhaps while being driven," it said in a statement.

 

Toyota is headed for record profit this fiscal year, driven by the weaker yen, the company continues to face recalls.

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