The latest recall affects several models of Toyota's Prius and its Auris hybrid vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014, with approximately 8476 potentially affected cars sold in Australia.
The company is contacting all known owners of the affected cars; it's also possible to check a vehicle using the license plate or VIN via the Toyota recall database.
The automaker said there have been three cases in which vehicles became immobile, but there have been no accidents due to the system fault.
In a statement, Toyota said the cars had already been involved in previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, but "the remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall".
Vehicles sold in China, Africa, Oceania and other regions are also affected. This could cause the auto to stall, which could increase the risk of a crash when driving at high speeds. This is the third time Toyota has tried to fix this defect since February 2014, when it recalled 698,457 Prius models from 2010-2014 for ECUs with faulty transistors that could disable the electric motor or inverter.
The vehicle maker said that it was not aware of any crashes due to the issue in Japan.
"We've found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a fail-safe driving mode as intended", Tania Saldana, a Toyota spokeswoman, said in an email to NPR.
In a statement from Toyota cited by Reuters, the Japanese vehicle giant said the fault arises when the cars fail to enter "fail-safe driving mode as intended".
This isn't the first time Toyota has been forced to recall some of its cars.
"If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall".
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