Toyota is conducting a couple recalls affecting over a million vehicles — certain Prius models need to address a problem with their hybrid failsafe modes, while Avalons, Sequoias and Tundras may have faulty sensors that would not register a crash and deploy airbags.
Prius sedans from 2010-14 and Prius Vs from 2012-14 have hybrid systems that are supposed to enter failsafe mode under certain conditions but don’t. In those cases, the cars could lose power and stall, which at high speeds could increase the chance of a crash due to the change in speed. Power steering and braking systems would not be affected by the issue.
The issue had been detected several years ago, but this latest recall addresses a new condition relating to the software, which had gone undetected before. Dealers will notify owners once the software update becomes available, and will update the software on all vehicles the issue might affect. About 830,125 cars are affected in North America, with 23,125 in Canada
The company is also recalling 2019 Avalon sedans and 2018-19 Tundra pickups and Sequoia SUVs to address a problem with the airbag electronic control unit.
During vehicle start-up, a fault with the ECU could erroneously disable one or more sensors used to detect side impacts, resulting in side-impact airbags, side air curtains and/or front knee airbags not deploying as needed. The issue affects about 183,774 North American vehicles, 15,774 of which are in Canada.
Toyota will notify owners in late October, asking them to return their vehicles to dealers, who will update the airbag ECU programming.
Owners can check www.toyota.ca for more information on the recall-status of their vehicles, or they can call the Customer Interaction Centre at (888) 869-6828.