Toyota is recalling some 1.9 million Prius cars worldwide, around 700 of them in Ireland, because of a computer problem that could cause the vehicle to stop.
Toyota is testing safety systems using cars that communicate with each other and with the roads they are on.
Toyota Motor Corp is recalling about 550,000 vehicles worldwide - mostly in the US - for possible problems related to the crankshaft pulley on the engine that could make the cars harder to steer.
Toyota will suspend car production at its two UK plants for several days this month and in May because of parts shortages following last month's massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Toyota said around 270,000 vehicles sold worldwide, including luxury Lexus sedans, have faulty engines. It did not say whether it would recall the vehicles.
Toyota has agreed to pay a record $16.4m (€12.17) fine for failing to properly notify federal authorities about a dangerous pedal defect, the US government said today.
Toyota’s Prius hybrid car topped Japanese sales charts in March despite a safety scandal which has seen US authorities propose a record $16.4m (€12.2m) fine, it was revealed today.
Toyota today announced production at its factories in France and Britain will be stopped for nine days amid falling sales it partly blamed on its recent recall problems.
Toyota was preparing today to announce plans to deal with braking problems in its prized Prius hybrid amid reports it had decided to issue a recall for the vehicle in Japan.
Toyota has acknowledged design problems with the brakes in its prized Prius, adding to the catalogue of woes for the Japanese car giant as it reels from massive accelerator pedal recalls in the US.
Crisis-hit Toyota faced fresh doubts about braking problems in its prized Prius today, with complaints ballooning to about 180 in the US and Japan.
Toyota has reported pre-tax profits of £1.56bn (€1.78bn) for the last three months of 2009.