The Japanese car manufacturer has announced a safety recalls of Prius and Auris hybrid vehicles produced between October 08 and November 14.

The fault can cause the car to lose power,¬† however, the carmaker said that in “rare situations”, the fault could cause vehicles to stall when entering “failsafe” driving mode.

“While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash,” the company said.

Toyota said the cars affected had already been recalled previously for other reasons in 2014 and 2015.

“The remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall,” it added.

A Toyota UK spokesman said owners of the affected vehicles would be notified. The problem would be fixed by means of a software upgrade that would take about 40 minutes, he said.

In recent years, Toyota has had to recall large numbers of cars for various reasons, including faulty airbags supplied by vehicle parts firm Takata.

In 2015, it had to recall 6.5 million vehicles globally over a faulty window switch that was liable to short-circuit.

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