Toyota has been in the news a lot over the last few days and this isn’t the first time that the Japanese car manufacturer has had to issue recalls. Hitting the headlines this time round is the Toyota Prius, owing to a malfunction within the hybrid drive system of certain older models of the car. In certain circumstances, this malfunction could cut the system’s power, which cause the car to stop unexpectedly. A software glitch affecting the ECUs, which controls the motor and hybrid system is to blame and this has resulted in the recall of 625,000 Prius cars globally.
The three specific models affected are the larger people carrier variants of the Prius:
- Prius Plus (Europe)
- Prius V (US)
- Prius Alpha (other markets)
So far no injuries have been linked with this latest reliability issue, but with millions of other Japanese car manufacturers having to make recalls, due to problems with defective airbags made by the supplier, Takata, it is resulting in customers losing faith in some once trusted big name brands.
It seems this problem is not altogether uncommon, however, as Ford also experienced software errors in the Focus, C-MAX and Escape models, which also resulted in engine malfunctions and saw close to half a million cars being recalled. Nissan, too, had to recall roughly 270,000 vehicles worldwide, because there was a risk the ignition start buttons could malfunction and unexpectedly stop the engine.
As more and more vehicles become autonomous and are kitted out with the latest technology can we be completely confident that the vehicles on our roads are safe?
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