Tokyo — Toyota is recalling more than two-million of its iconic Prius hybrids globally on the risk that a software malfunction could end in a crash. Of a total of about 2.43-million vehicles affected, 94% are the Prius and its derivatives, with the hybrid version of the Auris compact hatchback making up the remainder, Toyota spokesperson Jean-Yves Jault said by e-mail on Friday. About 1.25-million of the cars are in Japan and 830,000 in North America, he said. Vehicles in Europe, China and other regions are also affected. It is the second recall for the Prius in the space of a month, with the previous one involving more than one-million hybrid cars due to the risk of fire. The vehicles in the current recall had been called back before, in February 2014 and July 2015, for a related issue, Jault said. Shares of Toyota were little changed at the close of trading in Tokyo. A failsafe mode designed to engage in the event of a hybrid system fault may not kick in because of a software glit...

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