Today, Toyota, the Japanese carmaker, announced that it was recalling more than 1 million cars globally due to an electrical fault that could result in fires.
In the United Kingdom, 32,393 cars were affected, consisting of Prius Plug-in, Prius, C-HR Hybrid models that were manufactured between the period of October 2015 and May 2018.
The said issues involve the engine wire harness which is connected to the hybrid vehicle power control unit.
After a domestic recall announcement by the transport ministry of Japan, the carmaker said that 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.
Toyota said that once dust accumulates on the wire harness or the cover, the insulation on the wires could wear down over time because of vehicle vibrations. This could result in an electrical short circuit, which could generate heat and result to a risk of fire.
The company said that there have been no reports of any injuries or accidents relating to the said issue.
The firm is recalling approximately 1.026 million cars globally.
Approximately half of the recalls would be taking place in Japan, says Jean-Yves Jault, a spokesperson for Toyota.
This will consist of approximately 554,000 in Japan, 219,000 in Europe, 217,000 in the United States, and 36,000 in other markets.