Toyota remembers ONE MILLION hybrid car – including the Prius – due to wiring problems that could lead to fire
- The global recall campaign would affect 219,000 models sold in Europe
- Under the influence of cars, the Prius and CH-R hybrids were built between 2015 and 2018
- The problem is linked to a cable harness connected to the hybrid power controller
- If the wire is exposed, it may cause an electric short circuit and possibly fire
Rob Hull for Thisismoney.co.uk
The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota confirmed on Wednesday that it is recalling approximately 1.03 million hybrid models because of a wiring problem that could pose a fire hazard.
Hybrid models, including the incredibly popular Prius, have to be recalled, he said.
Half a million of the models concerned are in Japan, while more than 200,000 are driven on European roads.
Recall: just over one million hybrid Toyota's are recalled worldwide, of which around 219,000 are models on European roads
The Japanese Ministry of Transport announced the recall for the domestic market, which is believed to affect approximately 554,000 hybrids built in the country between 2015 and 2018.
However, a similar recall will be processed by Toyota in the UK, affecting an estimated 219,000 cars across Europe.
Another 192,000 models have to be recalled in the US, although it only affects Prius versions in North America that are affected.
The problem is linked to the cable harness that is connected to the hybrid power controller.
It has been found that this can come into contact with the coating at the connection point.
If dust accumulates on the wiring harness or cover, the insulation of the wires may wear out over time due to vehicle vibrations.
This can cause an electrical short circuit that can generate heat and cause a fire hazard, Toyota said.
The problem relates to vehicles manufactured in Japan between June 2015 and May 2018, and includes the plug-in version of the hugely popular Prius and C-HR SUV.
The recall relates only to two hybrid models – the immensely popular Prius and the recent CH-R SUV (photo)
The problem only affects vehicles manufactured in Japan between June 2015 and May 2018, Toyota said
Toyota spokesperson Jean-Yves Jault said the problem led to an incident with a short circuit in Japan that produced smoke from the vehicle.
Toyota said it had been aware of the fire risk since February, although no injuries were reported.
Affected models receive a protective sleeve on the motor cable harness if the wire core is exposed.
Once installed, the global recall will be the largest for Toyota, as from 2016 the group had to contact owners of approximately 2.9 million cars with defective Takata airbags.
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