Toyota to recall 2.4 million hybrid cars globally over faulty program

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Toyota on Friday said that it will recall about 800,000 examples of its popular Prius hybrid in the USA and about 1.6 million more worldwide over a concern that the vehicles may lose power and stall while being driven.

All those affected were produced between October 2008 and November 2014.

According to Toyota, in rare situations, the auto models included in the recall would lose power completely when entering the failsafe mode, which could lead to a collision, especially when driven at high speeds.

After reaching out to the auto giant, Toyota told us that customers affected by the recall will be contacted directly to alert them of the problem.

The defect occurs in "rare situations", Toyota said.

In a statement, the company said that some vehicles could fail to switch to a "failsafe" driving mode, increasing the risk of potential crashes.

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This isn't the first time Toyota has been forced to recall some of its cars.

The Japanese auto-maker issued a massive recall of over 2.4 million of its popular hybrid line, Toyota Prius. The cars are created to enter a fail-safe or "limp home" driving mode if the hybrid system overheats or develops other issues.

Toyota recalled some hybrid cars for the same reason between 2014 and 2015, but a different problem with the program has been found. The Prius cars in Pakistan are imported from Japan too and a considerable amount of Japan-bound Prius cars have been affected.

That recall covers about 188,000 worldwide, including 168,000 in the U.S.

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

If you want to see if your vehicle is mentioned in a safety recall, you can check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's site.