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Toyota recalls 1.9 million Priuses for software glitch

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius
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Toyota has announced a recall today on their ever-popular Prius (Liftback) for a glitch in the software. More specifically, 1.9 million vehicles will be recalled, which amounts to every third-generation Prius that was produced and sold since March 2009.

The recall came about after it was determined that the software glitch could either slow the vehicle down suddenly, or bring it to a complete halt, without any driver involvement. The issue was traced back to the software that controls the power converter, which could overheat. If the converter were to overheat, the vehicle would go into a "failsafe mode", which would dramatically slow the vehicle down. If the vehicle were to suddenly slow down or come to a complete stop, it could increase the risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident.

Thus far, the Japanese automaker, nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are reporting any accidents and/or injuries at this time.

The latest Toyota recall will have dealership technicians reprogramming the software, at no charge to the owners. For more information, or to schedule a service appointment, owners can contact their local Toyota dealership.