ECU recall for Toyota Prius

ECU recall for Toyota Prius

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Toyota has announced a number of its 3rd generation Prius vehicles are subject to a recall relating to the Electronic Control Unit.

The recall affects 1003 Prius vehicles sold new in New Zealand, manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.

In affected vehicles the fault is a potential Electronic Control Unit (ECU) malfunction due to high operating environment temperatures.

If increased thermal stress occurs, damage could be caused. This would result in illumination of warning lights on the instrument panel. In most cases the vehicle would enter a fail-safe mode, resulting in reduced power. In limited instances, it is possible the system could shut down resulting in the vehicle stopping.

Toyota New Zealand customer services general manager Spencer Morris says the recalls are precautionary. There have been no reported instances of ECU failure in New Zealand related to this condition.

“Instances in New Zealand are extremely unlikely because New Zealand conditions mean engines don’t generally reach operating temperatures where this could be an issue.”

The required software upgrade to remedy the condition is being undertaken immediately however.

“Owners of vehicles affected will receive a notification letter and are advised to contact their Toyota dealer.” says Morris. “The remedial action will take approximately one hour, and will be free of charge to customers.”

“Toyota New Zealand’s safety policy is to support all Toyota vehicles regardless of importing channel”, says Morris. “So used imports brought to our attention would also receive the upgrade if required.”

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