Last week it was Ford’s turn, with 433,000 2015 Focus, C-MAX, and Escape cars called in because owners couldn’t switch them off, even if they removed the key. Vehicles are becoming increasingly software reliant and the expected growth in connected cars is likely to see this continue.
You can find out if your vehicle is one of those recalled at safercar.gov.
The 2012-2014 Prius V (the wagon thing, not the egg-shaped hatch) has two ECUs managing the hybrid and electric motor that can burn out their transistors and send the vehicle into a limp-home mode or completely disable the power without warning.
The largest version of the Prius, known as the Prius V in North America, the Prius Plus in Europe and the Prius Alpha in other world markets, is affected by this issue, along with certain Auris hybrids. The recall affected cars sold between May 2010 and November 2014.
The Fix: Dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU.
Toyota is, however, keen to stress that there have been no reports of any crashes or injuries as a result of the issue.
Recently, in May, Toyota recalled 2.86 million vehicles covering 24 models globally with production dates ranging from April 2003 to December 2008 amid safety concerns over the faulty air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata.