Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Hybrids

The world's No.1 carmaker Toyota will recall 1.9 million Prius hybrid cars. Toyota on Wednesday told the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism that it will recall all third-generation Prius (ZVW30) models produced from March 2009 to February 2014.

The biggest number will be recalled in Japan with 997,000, followed by North America (713,000) and Europe (120,000).

In Korea, all of some 7,200 Toyota vehicles that sold since October 2009 will most likely be recalled.

The reason is a software defect in the hybrid system which results in electrical transistor parts being damaged and warning lights being set off.

No accident cases have been identified yet, but more than 400 reports of the problem have poured in, most from Japan and North America, Toyota said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 14, 2014 11:58 KST