Toyota Recalls Over 2,800 Mirai Vehicles Due To Fuel Cell Problem

Feb 16, 2017 10:30 AM EST | JP Olvido

Toyota announced on Wednesday that it is going to recall all of its Mirai vehicles currently on the road. The recall is due to a flaw in the output voltage from the car's fuel cell system.

Toyota recalls Mirai fuel cell cars. Over 2,800 zero-emission fuel cell Mirai cars are to be recalled as announced by the Japanese car manufacturer. The company mentioned that there was a possibility the output voltage from the fuel cell boost converter could go over the allowed maximum voltage under certain driving conditions.

If the maximum voltage does go over the allowed maximum output, there is a possibility that the hydrogen-powered vehicle could shut down. One example of a driving condition is when the accelerator is depressed to the wide open throttle position after driving on a long descent on cruise control.

The Japanese car manufacturer has sold roughly 2,840 Mirai vehicles. The vehicles were sold in the United States, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and some European markets.

To address the issue, the car manufacturer will have dealers update the software of the vehicle's fuel cell system at no cost to Mirai owners. The software update should take no more than half an hour.

The Mirai, which is a hydrogen-fueled vehicle, was released back in December of 2014 in Japan. This was a bid by Toyota to be the industry leader in nascent technology. The Mirai actually boasts a range of about 300 miles on one single charge.

The company has long promoted fuel cell vehicles as the next generation option to hybrid cars. Unfortunately, the lack of hydrogen fueling stations worldwide has become an obstacle to mass consumption.

This isn't the first time that a car manufacturer has recalled a low number of vehicles. Koenigsegg Automotive, a Swedish car manufacturer, recalled only one vehicle over a tire defect back in 2014. Rolls-Royce also recalled one vehicle due to issues with the airbag in 2015.

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