Toyota recall affects over 50000 United Kingdom cars

Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars

TOYOTA is recalling more than 2.4 million of its hybrid cars - including more than 8000 sold here in Australia - over a software bug that could cause crashes.

The carmaker is recalling 2.43 million of its hybrid vehicles worldwide, including 1.25 million in Japan, 807,000 in the U.S., 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China.

The vehicles were involved in an earlier recall that did not fix the previously unanticipated problem that is being addressed now, the company said in a statement.

Mazda Motor Corp., which is in a technology alliance with Toyota, will also recall in Japan 9,335 Axela compact cars with the same hybrid system produced from October 2013 to October 2014. This could cause the auto to stall, which could increase the risk of a crash when driving at high speeds.

A Toyota UK spokesman said owners of the affected vehicles would be notified.

The fail-safe driving mode, also known as "limp mode", is engaged when the auto computer detects a critical issue with the vehicle, which usually means receiving signal values way outside of the normal range from one or more of the built-in sensors.

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

The identified fault occurs when a specific hybrid component failure, coupled with hard acceleration, causes the vehicle to lose power rather than enter a fail-safe driving mode.

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.

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