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Toyota Forced To Recall 1.9 Million Prius Cars

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02/12/2014 7:32 pm
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Jenna Boures

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On Wednesday Toyota Motor Corp announced a recall of the 1.9 million third-generation Prius cars to due a software glitch, reports Reuters. No accidents have been attributed to this problem. A spokeswoman for the company said half of the recalls are in Japan and 713,000 are in North America. The software glitch was located in the controls for the boost converter located in the hybrid system. Toyota explained: "The setting of the software could cause higher thermal stress in certain transistors within the booster converter, and these transistors could deform or become damaged as a result.” "This will result in various warning lights being illuminated, and will probably cause the vehicle to enter a failsafe mode," it said, noting that the car can be driven but with reduced driving power.” “In limited cases, the hybrid system could shut down, causing the vehicle to stop, possibly while it is being driven.” The third-generation Prius model was last recalled in June because of issues with the brake accumulator. The current software glitch marks the third recall for the model. In 2012, Toyota issued the biggest single recall since Ford Motor Co retired 8 million vehicles in 1996, recalling 7.4 million cars to fix power window switches that could be potentially start fires.

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