Toyota Recalls Millions of Prius Hybrids

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More Electronic Parts Mean More Problems for Popular Hybrid Vehicle

While hybrid vehicles may save drivers money at the gas pump, the incredible technology behind them may now be putting those drivers at risk. Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.9 million Prius hybrid vehicles citing that defective software in the hybrid system may cause cars to dangerously malfunction.

This recall covers vehicles of the latest or third-generation Prius, which has been in production since 2009. According to Toyota, the defective software can cause certain transistors to overheat. This could potentially trigger the hybrid system to shut down and bring the vehicle to an unexpected stop.

This is the largest ever recall for the model. Since May 2011, Toyota has received 451 reports of the software problem occurring, although no injuries have yet been reported.

This large-scale recall brings attention to the possible danger behind the use of more and more complex electronic parts in vehicles. Many auto manufacturers now mass produce technologically advanced hybrid vehicles, but as they attempt to reduce production costs, cutting-edge vehicle technology may be more likely to malfunction.

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Source: “Toyota to Recall 1.9 Million Prius Hybrids.” February 12, 2014.