Since the hybrid was first released in 1997, Toyota has shipped over 3.5 million of its popular and environmentally friendly Prius cars all over the world. However, the Japanese auto manufacturer announced this week that it would need to recall almost 2 million cars made between March 2009 and February 2014 because of a dangerous software bug.
The nasty software flaw will cause 1.9 million hybrids to be recalled, over 700,000 of which are currently in North America. The flaw on the Prius’ computer system may cause cars to malfunction due to overheating, and possibly shut the entire vehicle down at once. While such issues would usually cause a fully-functioning Prius to go into a failsafe mode operating on reduced engine power for a reduced amount of time, this software flaw may bypass that entirely.
This is not the first that Toyota has ever heard of a similar bug in its cars; the software flaw was first reported back in 2011. Luckily, the bug has not caused a single Prius to crash since it was first discovered, however Toyota will need to err on the side of caution in this case.
To find out whether your Prius is on the recall list, you may check Toyota’s site and make an appointment with the nearest dealership. Thankfully, this software issue can be updated in only 40 minutes.