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Toyota Has Recalled 1 Million Hybrid Cars Because They Were At Risk Of Catching Fire

Toyota has recalled more than one million hybrid cars because there was a risk of fire.  This Japanese car manufacturer has called in Prius, C-HR SUV, and Prius plug-in models. The models will go through a repair on an electrical problem which can cause a fire if it is left unchecked. Around 500,000 thousand of the vehicles which are called back are based in Japan while 200,000 cars are in the US. The US owners of these cars are expected to get a recall notice in the coming weeks. The vehicles are recalled due to a problem with the wire harness which connects to the car’s power control units.

These can generate heat which can cause flames. A Toyota spokesman in Tokyo said. “If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.” Toyota has not made any comment on whether anyone has been injured due to the defect or not. The recalled cars have their engine wire harness assembly inspected. The vehicles in which the core wire is found to be exposed will have a replacement of the full engine wire harness. If the wire core is not exposed in the inspection, a protective tape will be installed on the engine wire harness assembly.

The cars were manufactured between June 2015 and May 2018. Customers who have their cars recalled are eligible to get the issue fixed without any charge. The affected customers will be notified by First Class mail. However, people can also enter their registration number at Toyota recall site to find out the status of your car. This is not the first time the Prius is experiencing problems. More than 1.7 million of the vehicles were recalled in 2016 because there were issues with the car’s airbags and parking brakes.

In the last few years, Toyota has also recalled more than 20 million of its vehicles due to the Takata exploding airbag scandal. Toyota has manufactured the Prius since 1997, and it was the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car. The car is considered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) as the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States based on smog-forming emissions. The hybrid vehicle is a famous choice for consumers looking for fuel efficiency and green credentials which can’t commit to a full-electric vehicle. In 2018, model Prius Eco is ranked as the second most fuel efficient gasoline-powered car available without plug-in capability.