Toyota is Recalling One Million Hybrids at Risk of Catching Fire

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Toyota is recalling over one million hybrid cars due to a potential fire risk.

Toyota has issued a recall campaign for the 2016-2018 Prius, addressing an issue that can lead to fires.

Worldwide, the recall could affect more than 1 million vehicles, including the C-HR SUV models, Toyota said.

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The recall is one of the largest actions for Toyota unrelated to Takata airbags or 2009's unintended acceleration crisis.

"A portion of the wire harness could contact the cover at this connection and wear over time, causing an electrical short circuit, which can generate heat".

"If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire", a company representative said.

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Among the affected vehicles, 554,000 would be recalled in Japan and 192,000 in the US.

Vehicles produced between December 2017 and July 2018 are affected, numbering 1,434 examples of the breed.

According to WSJ, the statement said that wires going to the hybrid power-control unit could be worn down over time which "exposes the core wire, potentially causing an electrical short to occur between the damaged wires". Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to report a problem with this vehicle or other vehicles via the NHTSA website. The company said it would provide fixes to customers free of charge.

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In the United States, the recall will cover approximately 192,000 examples of the 2016-2018 Toyota Prius, but it's unclear for now if there are build dates or anything these vehicles have in common.