TOKYO (AFP) - Toyota Motor has issued a recall for about 160,000 Prius cars sold mainly in the United States and Japan due to a potential software glitch that may cause sales of the gas-electronic hybrid to stall.
A spokesman said there were no safety concerns but Toyota had decided to offer repairs free of charge.
The problem may cause the gasoline engine to stall but the electrically-powered brake and steering operation would continue to function normally, he added.
The voluntary recall follows an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States into complaints about problems with the Prius stalling.
The administration said in June that it had received 33 reports of engine stalling in 2004 and 2005 model-year Prius vehicles. Over 85 percent of the incidents occurred when the car was being driven at speeds ranging from 35 to 65 miles per hour (56 to 104 kilometers per hour).
Of the affected vehicles, about 75,000 were sold in the United States, 70,000 in Japan and 15,000 elsewhere.
The Prius is the best-selling hybrid vehicle in the United States. Many consumers wait six months to a year for delivery.