An automotive manufacturer, Toyota Motor Corp has announced that the company planned to recall around 1.3 million vehicles due to a fire risk.
As per the reports, the company has decided to recall the vehicle, including Toyota gasoline-hybrid Prius model in Japan, Europe, North America and other regions.
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The company said that the main reason for this action is an issue with the vehicle’s engine wire harness which can pose a fire risk.
After Japan transport ministry’s domestic recall announcement, the company, Toyota said that, in affected vehicles, the engine wire harness which connects to the vehicle’s hybrid power control unit can come into the contact with the covering at the connection point.
“If the dust gathered on the wire harness or the cover, then due to the vehicle’s vibration, the insulation on the wires could wear down over the time. The chances of the electrical short circuit could be occurred, which could produce the heat and led to a risk of fire in the vehicle’s engine,” Toyota said in a statement.
The issue affects the vehicles which were produced in Japan between the time period of June 2015 and May 2018 and includes the models of the Prius and the C-HR compact crossover SUV which are been sold in Japan, Australia, Europe, and other countries.
An official representative of Toyota, Jean-Yves Jault said in a statement that almost half of the recalls would take place in Japan.
The manufacture-issue had led to one incident of an electrical short-circuiting in Japan which start producing smoke from the vehicle.