Toyota has announced a recall of more than 2.16 million vehicles worldwide. The recall includes 711,000 Prius automobiles in the U.S. and a total of about 1.9 million Prius autos worldwide; as well as an additional 260,000 non-hybrid vehicles.
The Prius recall includes 2010-2014 Prius models, whose transistors may overheat or become damaged due to errors with the powertrain software. The glitch may cause the vehicle to stall or shut off completely while driving. The recall does not affect the Prius V nor Pricus c models, or the Toyota or Lexus hybrid vehicles.
According to MSN, the transistor is a part of the operating system that converts the battery’s direct current to alternating current, which operates the electric motor. Toyota notes if the transistor overheats or becomes damaged, “transient” electric currents may enter the auto’s main computer, causing it to reset. This would result in the car being restricted to operating only at very low speeds or shutting off entirely while driving.
In addition to the hybrid vehicles, Toyota is recalling 260,000 non-hybrid vehicles for problems with the electrical system that can affect the vehicles’ anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control. The problems may cause these systems to “intermittently turn off,” according to Toyota. This recall includes the 2012 RAV4, 2012-2013 Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Lexus RX350.