Snapshot: Toyota sells India’s only hybrid cars in the form of the Prius and Camry Hybrids. One of these cars are under the recall scanner. Japanese auto giant Toyota has announced a recall for 1.9 million Prius Hybrid cars sold globally, in what happens to be the carmaker’s biggest recall ever. India too is affected by this recall with Toyota recalling 167 units of the Prius Hybrid sold here. The Prius is imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route and is therefore not immune from global recalls.
The recall of the Prius Hybrid has to do with faulty software in the car. The faulty software could cause the Prius Hybrid to switch into the limp-home mode and in the worst case, cause the car to shut down. Now, a Prius Hybrid shutting down suddenly in the middle of traffic is a definite recipe for an accident. Although no accidents have been reported yet, Toyota is playing it safe in the interests of passenger safety and has therefore issued a recall that covers 1.9 million units of the car.
Incidentally, the latest Prius recall is the continuing chain of recalls that the hybrid car has been besieged with since 2010. Notably, the Toyota Prius is the world’s best selling hybrid car, known for its frugal and low emission habits. Owned by a range of Hollywood celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Aniston, the Prius is a very popular hybrid car. First launched in 1997, in the Japanese domestic market (JDM), the Prius Hybrid is in its third generation now.
The Prius Hybrid features a 1.8 liter petrol engine (98 Bhp-142 Nm) and an Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery powered electric motor (80 Bhp-207 Nm). Together, the petrol engine and electric motor output 134 Bhp of peak power. An automatic electronic constant variable transmission (e-VCT) powers the front wheels of the Prius. The car has three driver selectable modes: Power, ECO and EV. The car seamlessly switches between full electric, petrol, electric+petrol and brake energy regeneration modes depending on the need for power or economy.