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About 75,000 Prius owners in the U.S. will be notified of a bug in their Prius software that can cause the car to suddenly stall or shut down.

Toyota announced the "it's not a recall" notice to owners of 2004 and 2005 model-year cars today, presumably in response to the complaints of random stalling received by the NHTSA.

The bug apparently causes the car's warning lights to switch on, which in turn prompts the control software to enter a "fail-safe" mode that can cause the gasoline engine to stall. The software fix will be done by Toyota dealers for free.

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