Toyota is recalling about a million Prius hybrid vehicles from around the world due to a “fire risk” caused by a wiring issue that generates heat. If you own a Prius manufactured between mid-2015 and May 2018, check with a Toyota dealer to see if your vehicle has the wiring issue.
Wiring connected to the hybrid vehicle’s power control unit could brush up too closely to the cover and wear down over time, creating an electrical short circuit that heats up, potentially leading to fire. So far, there has been one case reported in Japan of a wire short-circuiting and smoke emitting from the car. Toyota has said that they will mail Prius owners a notice about the recall later this month, but you can also check online with your vehicle identification number to see if you need to bring your car in for a checkup.
Recalls are nothing new for Toyota. In 2013, Toyota recalled 800,000 vehicles after spiders crawling inside the air conditioning units caused airbags to deploy. In 2014, 1.9 million Prius vehicles were recalled due to a software glitch that could potentially cause the vehicle’s hybrid system to shut down while driving.