Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids

Toyota, the world’s largest car manufacturer, is recalling about 625,000 hybrid cars worldwide to fix a software glitch.

A fault in the software could lead to shutting down the hybrid system, potentially while the car is being driven.

Models affected by the recall include Prius V minivans, called Prius Alpa and Prius+ in some markets, that were built between May 2010 and November 2014.

This news follows the huge recent recalls over airbags in its vehicles made by Takata.

In May, the Japanese based firm recalled nearly five million cars to replace potentially faulty airbag inflators.

In the current recall, 340,000 of the cars were in Japan, 160,000 were in Europe and 120,000 were in North America. Toyota added there had been no reports of crashes or injuries due to the software glitch.

Despite the recalls, the company announced in May that it expected to report a record net profit for the third year in a row in the current financial year.