DETROIT -- Toyota will notify owners of about 75,000 Toyota Prius hybrid cars that it will fix a software glitch that could cause the gasoline engines to shut off.
The software problem, which affects 2004 and 2005 model years, causes some of the Prius' warning lights to illuminate. If that happens, the engine control module enters a fail-safe mode and shuts down the gasoline engine.
Toyota says if that happens while the car is being driven, the Prius will still have enough electric power for the driver to steer the car off the road. The engine can then be restarted.
The automaker will notify owners by mail this month.
Toyota has sold 81,042 of the hybrids this year through September, an increase of 127 percent over the same period last year.
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