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Toyota has announced a recall for 625,000 hybrid vehicles globally over a software glitch. The fault could cause the the hybrid system to shut down while the car is being driven, the company said.

The hybrid models involved in the recall are Prius v MPVs (also known as the Prius+ and Prius Alpha in certain markets) and Auris Hybrids manufactured between May 2010 and November 2014. For all involved vehicles, dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control ECU and the hybrid control ECU, an exercise that will take approximately 30 minutes.

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The automaker said that in terms of breakdown, Japan had the largest portion of affected vehicles with 340,000 units involved, while 160,000 were in Europe and 120,000 were in North America. It added that there had been no reports of crashes or injuries due to the software-related problem.

This is the latest in a continuing series of recalls issued by the automaker, which has centred around the still ongoing Takata airbag inflator issue.