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. See the chart below.
The vehicle maker said the fault could in rare situations cause certain models to enter a "failsafe" driving mode, resulting in a lose of power.
Another 830,000 are in North America, 290,000 in Europe, 3,000 in China, and the rest in other parts of the world.
"Toyota has found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended". However, a auto would be at increased risk of causing a crash if it stalled while at a fast speed.
Toyota Ireland said they will be contacting all affected customers directly by mail to arrange to have their vehicles checked.
Toyota said it had received three reports from Japan by the end of September that related to the problem and it reported them to the transport ministry.
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Toyota Ireland also said that there are no reported incidents in Ireland.
This isn't the first time Toyota has been forced to recall some of its cars.
Should this occur, the vehicle could lose power and stall, although functions such as the power steering, brakes and lights would still work.
In a statement, the company said that some vehicles could fail to switch to a "failsafe" driving mode, increasing the risk of potential crashes.
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After reaching out to the auto giant, Toyota told us that customers affected by the recall will be contacted directly to alert them of the problem. Those problems were also fixed by software updates to vehicles' motor electronic control units (ECUs) and hybrid drive ECUs.