More than one million Prius and C-HR hybrids vehicles from worldwide have been recalled from Toyota due to a fire risk. More than 192,000 Prius vehicles in the United States and at least 550,000 vehicles in Japan have been added in this recall. The issue in these vehicles is related to wiring connected to the power control unit. The insulation in these vehicles may wear down over time. It potentially leads to a short circuit that could sooner or later cause a fire. The recall affects vehicles manufactured in Japan between June 2015 and May 2018. The Prius plug-in variant and the hybrid version of the C-HR are included in the recall.
Dealers will inspect the wire harness assembly and after exposing a wire core, repairs will take place without any cost to vehicle owners. The protective tape will also be applied to the wire harness assembly. Toyota is contacting all affected vehicle owners and the repairing process will be started during the last quarter of this month. Moreover, vehicle owners can enter their vehicle identification or license plate number at the recall site of Toyota in order to find the status of their vehicle. It is important that Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles during the past few years, including 1.9 million Prius hybrids in 2014 due to a software issue and millions of more vehicles in 2016 connected to the issues of airbag and emissions.