Toyota Recalls 975,000 Cars for Stalling and Airbag Defects

The Toyota Prius could be impacted

Image Toyota Prius and Auris hybrids made between October 2008 and November 2014 are affected. File pic

Toyota also added there was no current data to suggest how many similar incidents had occured outside of Japan.

The recall applies to 1.25 million vehicles in Japan, 807,000 in the USA, 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China with the rest across the globe.

However, the carmaker said that in "rare situations", the fault could cause vehicles to stall when entering "failsafe" driving mode. This could cause the auto to stall, which could increase the risk of a crash when driving at high speeds.

Toyota has said it is recalling a total of 2.43 million hybrid vehicles around the world over a hybrid system issue which can lead to stalling.

In recent years, Toyota has had to recall large numbers of cars for various reasons, including faulty airbags supplied by vehicle parts firm Takata.

Auris, Prius and Prius+ hybrid cars with the 1.8-litre engine, built between October 2008 and November 2014, are affected.

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"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall".

Toyota is recalling 975,000 cars in the United States for stalling and airbag problems, the company said on Friday. In the case of Toyota's latest recall, some of the hybrids mentioned have undergone two prior recalls to fix related issues.

Toyota said it had received three reports of the problem in Japan but they did not involve accidents.

The auto giant last month issued a recall for 1.03 million cars globally over an issue related to wiring that could cause fires in vehicles. The company says its dealers will contact affected Prius owners when the software is available.

In 2016, Toyota announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally over problems with air bags and a fuel emission control unit.

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