Toyota is recalling a total of about 1.9 million Prius hybrids worldwide due to a software glitch that can cause the cars to shutdown unexpectedly.
The issue is a glitch in the software that interferes with the boost converter, which in turn can cause overheating. In this event, transistors can be damaged, which will cause the car to activate a warning light and or switch into limp mode.
About 713,000 of the affected cars are in North America, and each one will receive a free software update to fix the issue. Toyota says the update should take roughly 40 minutes, though there is a chance the update won’t be effective, and the control module will have to be replaced. Only Prii built between March 2009 and Feb. 5, 2014 are affected by the problem.
No injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of this software glitch.
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