This past Friday, Japanese car manufacturer Toyota announced that it would be recalling over 2.4 million hybrid cars over a fault that could cause crashes.
The announcement effects models of the Prius and Auris hybrid vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014. 1.2 million of the affected vehicles are in Japan, which is the source for most of the hybrid cars, including various Prius models in Pakistan today.
The company spokeswoman has announced that another 830,000 of the affected vehicles are in the United States and 290,000 are in Europe.
According to a statement released by the company, the identified problem arises when the car fails to enter “failsafe driving mode as intended”. Toyota added that “if this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. While power steering and breaking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving and higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash”.
This development follows another recall issued by Toyota last month, when the car manufacturer issued a recall for 1.03 million cars globally due to a wiring issue that could cause fires in vehicles. This manufacturing issue affected vehicles produced in Japan between June 2015 and May 2018, including the plug-in versions of the Prius.
Toyota also announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally in 2016, due to problems with airbags and fuel emission control units.
The company has sold over 12 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles since 1997, including the Prius. Refurbished Toyota hybrid vehicles, including the Prius and Aqua, are also popular with Pakistani car buyers. Whether these frequent recalls will have any effect on the local refurbished car market remains to be seen.
It should be noted that Pakistan’s Japanese dominated car market is set to face an influx of new players in the near future, including Renault and Volkswagen.