This week, Toyota announced a recall of 625,000 Prius models due to a software issue.
The affected Priuses (or Aurises, depending on your market) will need to be serviced, quite literally, for a software update. On-board computers were receiving the wrong commands, forcing the car to shut off, in some cases.
This isn’t the first time Toyota has been forced to issue a recall for a similar problem; 1.9 million Priuses were recalled for a similar issue in February of ’14. This latest recall affects vehicles built between May 2010 and November 2014.
Reports have the hazard lights automatically coming on just as the problem occurs, with the vehicle entering secure mode (limiting power) and eventually shutting down completely.
Of the 625,000 recalls, 120,000 are in North America. The fix should take no more than 30 minutes, and no accidents have yet been related to the issue.