Fire risk prompts Toyota to recall one million hybrid cars

Wire harness connecting to hybrid power control unit known to cause an electrical short circuit

Fire risk prompts Toyota to recall one million hybrid cars
A total of 32,393 UK-registered vehicles are affected by the recall.

Toyota has this week confirmed that it is recalling around more than one million hybrid models worldwide due to a wiring issue that could pose a fire risk.

The carmaker has said 32,000 models are affected in the UK.

A fire risk has been linked to the wire harness that connects to the hybrid power control unit which can come into contact with the covering at the connection point.

If dust accumulates on the wire harness or the cover, the insulation on the wires could wear down over time due to vehicle vibrations.

The issue affects vehicles produced in Japan between June 2015 and May 2018, and includes the plug-in version of the Prius and C-HR SUV.

No reported accidents

A Toyota UK spokesperson said: “The issue involves the engine wire harness which is connected to the hybrid vehicle power control unit.

“A portion of the wire harness without a protector could contact the connector cover and wear over time, possibly causing an electrical short circuit.

“There have been no reports of any accidents or injuries relating to this issue.”

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