At least stalling is safer than unintended acceleration.
Toyota may be known as one of the most reliable auto brands in the world, but the company has had its fair share of recalls. Just last month, Toyota recalled over one million Prius and C-HR hybrids over a potential fire risk. Back in 2014, almost two million Prius models were recalled over an issue which caused the car to enter a failsafe mode. Now, Toyota will be recalling 2.43 million hybrid models over a new issue that may cause the cars to stall out.
The recall affects Prius, Prius V, and Aurus models built between October 2008 and November 2014.
1.25 million of the vehicles were sold in Japan, 830,000 were sold in North America (807,000 of which were in the U.S.), and 290,000 vehicles were sold in Europe. Like the issue in 2014, this new recall remedies an issue that prevents the cars from entering "a failsafe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults." During the initial recall in 2014, Toyota did not expect this new issue to arise.
Toyota issued a statement saying: "In rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended. If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash. This recall provides a remedy to address a new condition in the vehicles involved in the previous recalls announced in February 2014 and July 2015. The previous recalls did not anticipate this new condition remedied with this recall."
Of course, the company will provide a free software fix and will alert owners when it is available.