Defect in Hybrid Engine Forces Recall of Toyota Prius V
Toyota is issuing a recall for certain model year 2012-2014 Prius V vehicles.
The recall comes after reports that a component within the hybrid inverter assembly is prone to overheating. This will cause the hybrid system to reduce output power, allowing the vehicle to drive only a short distance. In extreme cases, the system will shut down entirely while in gear, causing the vehicle to stop unexpectedly.
Upon overheating, the vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. The hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota is recalling almost 110,000 vehicles.
Toyota will begin to notify affected owners in late July 2015. Dealers will be required to update the software for the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at (888) 270-9371.