Toyota to recall 1M vehicles over wiring issue

The wiring issue had led to a short circuit incident in Japan which produced smoke from the vehicle.

On Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp stated, it plans on recalling nearly 1.03 million vehicles from various markets including North America, Europe and Japan due to an issue with the engine wire harness which can pose a fire risk.

The recall includes gasoline-hybrid Prius model.

The recall follows a domestic recall announced by Japan’s transport ministry, wherein Toyota said in affected vehicles, the wire harness which connects to the hybrid power control unit can come into contact with the covering at the connection point.

If dust were to accumulate on the cover or on the wire harness, the insulation on the wires could wear down over time due to vehicle vibrations. This in turn could cause an electrical short circuit, which could generate heat and lead to risks of fire, said Toyota.

The issue affects Toyota’s vehicles produced in Japan between June 2015 and May 2018; it includes the plug-in version of the Prius as well as the C-HR compact crossover SUV sold in Japan, Europe, Australia and other countries.

According to Jean-Yves Jault, Toyota’s spokesman, nearly half of the recalls would take place in Japan. In the United States, only the Prius model would be recalled where around 192,000 vehicles have been affected, he said.

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