Toyota has just announced a recall of some 109,000 Toyota Prius V station wagons from model-years 2012, 2013, and 2014. According to the automaker, some of those vehicles may suffer from a software glitch that could cause them to slow or stall suddenly.
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The faulty code is associated with two components: the motor/generator control electronic control unit and the hybrid control electronic control unit. The software can cause some of the hardware in those ECUs to overheat, forcing the vehicle into failsafe mode and limiting functionality. Toyota says that in some cases, the hybrid system will shut down entirely, creating a stall-like condition.
Sound familiar? That's because back in February, Toyota recalled some 700,000 Prius models from 2012-2014 for exactly the same problem -- though in that case, the recall wasn't limited to the Prius V.
If you own a Prius V from these model years and it's affected by this recall, you'll receive formal notification from Toyota by mail. Afterward, you'll be able to take your car to a Toyota dealer, who will update the ECU software at no charge.
For additional information, you're encouraged to call Toyota Customer Service at 800-331-4331 or visit Toyota.com/recall.