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Fire Risk Sees Toyota Recall a Million Hybrids | News & Opinion

192,000 Prius are affected by this recall in the US, all of which are 2016 to 2018 models. Checking if your vehicle is one of them simply requires entering a license plate number or VIN on Toyota’s website. The fix involves a trip to your dealership.


Toyota Prius 2018 Interior

Last month, Ford recalled 50,000 charging cables used with the Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi due to a fire risk. This month, it’s Toyota’s turn for a fire risk recall, only this one involves over a million hybrid vehicles.

As CBS News reports, the recall affects Prius and C-HR crossover hybrid vehicles shipped worldwide. The fire risk is due to an engine wire harness connected to the Power Control Unit in the vehicles. The wire can come into contact with the cover and wear down over time eventually causing an electrical short circuit. At that point enough heat can be generated to start a fire.

In total, some 1.03 million vehicles are included in the recall, with 554,000 of those in Japan. As Toyota USA explains on its recall page, 192,000 Prius sold in the US could experience the wire fault and therefore need to have the engine wire harness replaced.

The affected vehicles are 2016 to 2018 models of the Prius in the US. To find out if your vehicle is one of them, simply visit toyota.com/recall and enter either your vehicle’s license plate number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Toyota will then provide instructions as to what to do next if your car needs fixing.

Typically, fixing the problem will require a scheduled visit to your local dealership for assessment. If you’d like further information, you can also call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1.800.331.4331. The recall is apparently a reaction to one vehicle in Japan experiencing the wire short circuit and producing smoke, but no fire.


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