Toyota recalling 1.3 million vehicles for safety checks

Toyota recalling 1.3 million vehicles for safety checks

Toyota said a problem with the electrical system could start a fire in some of those Prius models and C-HR Crossover SUVs, most of which were made in Japan between June 2015 and last May.

Two vehicle recalls - one involving almost 2 million Ford F-150 trucks and another on almost 200,000 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles - and an updated notice about Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal were the most noteworthy product warnings issued over the past week.

The recall involves roughly 192,000 vehicles in the USA, the automaker said Wednesday in a statement.

The wiring issues affect the plug-in version of the Prius sold in Japan, Europe, North America, and other countries. All identified owners of the US vehicles will be notified by first class mail by the last week of September.

"The subject vehicles have an engine wire harness which is connected to the hybrid vehicle Power Control Unit". The biggest recall ever for the Prius was in February 2014, with 1.9 million vehicles involved. A small part of the wire harness has the tendency to rub with the cover at the connection.

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That possible electrical short circuit could then generate heat; if it gets hot enough, the vehicle itself may catch on fire, posing a serious safety issue for occupants and others on the road.

If any given recalled vehicle is found to have an exposed wire core, the dealership will replace the component with one that includes a sleeve to protect the wire. All replacements are equipped with a protective sleeve.

Toyota assures that repairs will not be charged to the customers. Zacks Investment Research lowered Toyota Motor from a "hold" rating to a "strong sell" rating in a report on Monday, May 21st.

Since the Tianjin facility can only hold 510,000 vehicles a year, Toyota is reportedly planning to build two additional factories in China.

Reports suggest that one affected vehicle in Japan short-circuited, leading to smoke pouring out of it, but there were no injuries.

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