Toyota has announced it is planning to recall over 1 Million vehicles. The recall affects 2015-2018 Prius and C-HR models.
The affected vehicles were sold in North America, Japan, Europe, and Australia. The Prius model will be recalled in the United States. Around 190,000 vehicles are expected to be included in the United States recall.
There is concern that an exposed wire in the engine can short-circuit, and possibly cause a fire. A statement from Toyota reads: A portion of the wire harness could contact the cover at this connection and wear over time, causing an electrical short circuit, which can generate heat.”
There has been one reported incident in Japan where the short-circuit caused smoke.
All known owners will be notified later this month. Repairs to fix this issue will be at no cost to customers and can be done at a Toyota dealership. U.S. consumers with questions can call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or 1-800-255-3987.
This is not the first recall for the Toyota Prius in recent years. In 2016, Toyota recalled Prius models for possible leaky fuel tanks and airbag issues. The airbags could deteriorate over time, causing them to inflate at the wrong time.