Toyota has announced a worldwide recall of 2.43m hybrid vehicles because of a hybrid system issue that can lead to stalling.

The recall applied to Prius and Auris models manufactured by Toyota between October 2008 and November 2014.

The affected vehicles number around 1.25m sold in Japan, 830,000 sold in North America and 290,000 sold in Europe.

Toyota said that in ‘rare situations’, some vehicles could fail to switch to a ‘failsafe’ driving mode in the event of a fault with the hybrid system, which can lead to a loss of power and stalling. “While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash,” the company said.

The affected cars previously experienced similar problems in 2014 and 2015. “The remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall,” Toyota said in a statement.

It also said that although it had received three reports in Japan related to the issue, it was unaware of any crashes in the country.

It is anticipated that the problem is easily fixed by means of a software upgrade.