Toyota to Recall 1.9 Million Prius Cars Due to Software Problem

The company says a software problem can cause the vehicles to stop while they are being driven.

Unsold 2008 Prius hybrid sedans sit on a lot at a Toyota dealership on Nov. 4, 2007, in Centennial, Colo.

Toyota is recalling nearly 2 million of its Prius hybrids.

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Toyota will recall 1.9 million Prius cars worldwide due to a software problem, the company announced Wednesday.

According to a press release, the company has advised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it plans to recall about 700,000 Prius vehicles in the U.S. The company also says 997,000 of the hybrid cars will be recalled in Japan, as well as 130,000 in Europe, with the rest of the recalled vehicles coming from other parts of the world, according to USA Today.

The recall is related to software in third-generation Prius cars, which have been manufactured since 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“In rare circumstances, the hybrid system might shut down while the vehicle is being driven, resulting in the loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop,” the press release explains.

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The company says it has received “no reports of accidents or injuries” related to the software problem. However, the company has received 451 reports of the problem since May 2011, as The Wall Street Journal reports. The company says it is recalling the vehicles to update the software.

Customers can obtain more detailed information on the recall by visiting or by calling 1-800-331-4331.

Separately, the company also announced it was recalling an additional 260,000 vehicles from its RAV4, Tacoma and Lexus RX 350 series. An “electronic circuit condition” in these vehicles can cause systems like vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control to turn off.

However, the company says if this happens, standard braking “remains fully functional.”