As part of a global exercise, Indian arm of Japanese automaker, Toyota Kirloskar Motor have issued a voluntary recall of 167 units of its Toyota Prius Hybrid sedan in India to rectify a software error. The software error in the Prius Hybrid is traced in the car’s Engine Control Unit (ECU). The current ECU setting in the third generation Prius have been reported to cause some transistors to overheat, which in turn sends the car into a fail-safe mode and under some circumstances, could cause the hybrid system to shut down while driving.
Globally, the said recall has affected 1.9 million units, most of which were sold in Toyota’s home turf, Japan. In the U.S around 7,00,000 units of the Prius Hybrid will be have to brought in for repairs, while in the UK the number stands at close to 31,000. The update process will take only 40 minutes and will be carried out free of cost. A company spokesperson has said that no accidents have been reported from anywhere in the world related to the aforementioned defect.