Toyota Recalls Over 800,000 Priuses & Avalons for Various Safety Concerns: Hybrid Problems

Prius Hybrid Systems and Avalon Airbag Programming need work.

Toyota announced two recalls today that affects over 800,000 Toyota Prius models, as well as some Toyota Avalons due to safety concerns. Toyota recalled certain model year 2010-2014 Prius and model year 2012-2014 Prius V due to a concern with the hybrid drivetrain. The Avalons involved are all model year 2019 and have a problem with faulty airbag engine control units.

2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

The Prius

Toyota found an issue with the hybrid drivetrain in the affected Prius models that involves the vehicles failsafe system. The vehicle is designed to enter a failsafe mode if the hybrid system detects any faults. However, Toyota found that this doesn’t happen in certain situations, which can cause the vehicle to lose power and stall. The stall does not cause a loss in brakes or power steering. Though, a sudden loss in power is never good for safety.

Toyota can fix the issue by updating software in the car’s computer, at no cost to Toyota customers.

The Avalon

2019 Toyota Avalon
2019 Toyota Avalon

Toyota found an issue with the Avalon’s airbag electronic control unit. The system registers an incorrect fault and disables the airbag sensors that are used to detect a crash. Basically, the airbags won’t go off in an accident. Specifically, the sensors with issues are for the side and curtain shield airbags and/or front and knee airbags.

Obviously result in an increased risk of a crash. Fortunately, the fix is a simple reprogramming of the airbag ECU. Toyota has sent out a notification to all owners by mail. Fortunately, Toyota will repair everything for free.

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Michael Curtis
Michael has always had a passion for things with four wheels and an engine. His parents often joked that his first word was "Porsche." He currently works for TFL full time as an editor, videographer, presenter & writer. In his spare time, he stays plugged into the car community through meets and other events.