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Toyota Recalls Over One Million or More Hybrids Due to Fire Risk

Toyota is under pressure after over a million vehicles were recalled.

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On Wednesday, Toyota announced a voluntary recall of certain hybrid models including the Prius and C-HR hybrid vehicles. According to the Los Angeles Times, “An engine wire harness connected to the power control unit is at risk of wear over time, potentially leading to a short circuit or even a fire, the company said in a statement.”

This recall affects cars built in Japan between June 2015 and May 2018, including the Prius plug-in variant and the hybrid version of the C-HR, however, the company has agreed to inspect the wire harness assembly and if a wire core is exposed, repairs will be handled at no cost to vehicle owners due to this blunder. The vehicle owners can also go here, if they want to verify if their car is affected.

Toyota has claimed it can not comment on whether or not any of the vehicles it manufactured has had any resulting injuries yet. This has not been a first for the company, when in 2016 they recalled more than 1.7 million of the vehicles over issues related to their airbags and parking brakes.

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Erin Whitten is currently CMN's Senior Correspondent and is currently a student at Arizona State University majoring in Mass Communications and Media Studies.

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