Toyota Recalls 1.9M Priuses

Software problem can cause cars to stall

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 12, 2014 7:01 AM CST | Updated Feb 12, 2014 7:20 AM CST

(Newser) – Another day, another Toyota recall: This time, the automaker is recalling all of the newest-generation Prius hybrids, a total of 1.9 million cars. About half of those are in Japan, and 713,000 are in North America. The problem? A software glitch that could cause the car to stall, the AP reports. No accidents or injuries have been reported. For the past two years, Toyota has recalled more cars than any other automaker—5 million per year in the US, the New York Times reports.

The Times theorizes that's because Toyota, still looking to restore its reputation after the unintended acceleration problems five years ago, is being more proactive about calling back cars in order to avoid lawsuits or fines from regulators. This recall applies to the Prius model generation that went on sale in 2009—meaning it affects more than half of all Priuses ever sold, Bloomberg reports. You can look up your vehicle here to see if it's affected.

In this Nov. 4, 2007, file photo, unsold 2008 Prius hybrid sedans sit on a lot at a Toyota dealership in the southeast Denver suburb of Centennial, Colo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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