Toyota recalls 625,000 Prius v hybrid minivans to fix software glitch

Toyota Motor Corporation says it will recall about 625,000 Prius v minivans, known in some markets as the Prius alpha and Prius+, over a software glitch that could shut down the hybrid system while the car is being driven. Models affected were produced between May 2010 and November 2014, the automaker said in a statement on Wednesday.

"In the involved vehicles, the current software settings for the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU could result in higher thermal stress in certain transistors, potentially causing them to become damaged," a statement from Toyota explained. "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."

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