If you own a 2012-2014 Toyota Prius V, expect to see a recall notice in your mailbox.
It looks like ’tis the season for stalling vehicles as earlier this week I wrote about some Honda CR-V’s getting a recall for possible stalling issues. Now, as per an official press release from Toyota that dropped on Friday (Oct. 5, 2018) they are recalling 2012-2014 Toyota Prius V’s that fail to enter a fail-safe mode if certain conditions arise and said fail-safe mode doesn’t kick in causing the aforementioned stalling. This newest recall affects 807,000 Prius V’s.
The automaker did not say whether it had linked any crashes, injuries or deaths to the problem.
Thankfully, this is just a simple ECU fix that will see Prius owners head into their local dealership where a licensed Toyota technician will rectify the situation ASAP.
Toyota was also quick to point out that despite their Toyota Prius V stalling, you’ll most likely still have control of your steering and braking. But, they do admit that a stalled car on a freeway increases the likelihood of an accident.
This is not the first time the Prius V has been recalled since its introduction five years ago. Back in 2015 thousands of Toyota Prius V’s were recalled after inverters which turn DC current into AC current for the motors, could possibly overheat causing the hybrid system to cut output power, and in most cases, allowing the Toyota Prius V to only drive short distances. There was a similar recall for the same inverters in 2014 as well.
Earlier in 2015, Prius V’s were preemptively recalled for a possible passenger airbag that won’t deploy in a crash due to improper calibration of the occupant classification system.
Unrelated to this Prius recall but Toyota is also recalling newer model Tundra and Sequoia SUVs including Avalons to repair defective airbags.
In these litigious times, no car company is taking chances with issues before they get out of hand.
Even companies with stellar records, like Toyota, are certainly not going to expose themselves to unnecessary risk.