Toyota Prius worldwide calling back due to software error




Automaker Toyota calls worldwide 1.9 million copies of their hybrid Prius back. Due to an error in the computer system of the car there is a chance that the hybrid system fails while driving. In the Netherlands this led to 32 problem cases.

It is the third-generation Toyota Prius models produced between 2009 and 2014. If the problem occurs, the car can still drive, but with less power. Worldwide, the recall affects 1.9 million cars, reports include The New York Times. In the Netherlands there are 32 instances of the problem are known and 18,872 cars recalled, says Toyota Netherlands. There are, according to the automaker still no accidents happened because of the defect.

According to Toyota it is a problem with the software for the inverter / converter in the car. That is the part that energy from the battery into power for the electric motors. In case of large voltage swings, it is possible that the transistors in the system can become overheated and melt, so that the hybrid system shuts down. The solution to the problem is a software update, the implementation of which takes just over half an hour. Then, the voltage changes are better regulated. With an over-the-air update system that patch could be without the cars being recalled, but that has used the Toyota Prius is not.

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