Tokyo, Japan : Japanese car giant Toyota announced on Friday that it is recalling 2.43 million hybrid cars over a fault that could cause crashes, just a month after another recall affecting hybrids.
The firm in September said it was recalling more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires.
The latest recall affects several models of Toyota’s Prius and its Auris hybrid vehicles produced between October 2008 and November 2014, with more than a million of the affected cars in Japan.
Another 830,000 are in North America, 290,000 in Europe, 3,000 in China, and the rest in other parts of the world.
In a statement, Toyota said the cars involved in the recall had already been involved in previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, but “the remedy conducted then did not anticipate the new condition identified in this recall.”
The problem identified arises when the cars fail to enter “failsafe driving mode as intended.”
“If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash,” Toyota said.
Japan’s transportation ministry said Toyota had reported three malfunctions locally related to the issue, but no accidents.
The car giant last month issued a recall for 1.03 million cars globally over an issue related to wiring that could cause fires in vehicles.
Toyota has sold more than 10 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.
In 2016, Toyota announced the recall of 3.37 million vehicles globally over problems with air bags and a fuel emission control unit.
EARLIER : Toyota Recalls More Than 1m Prius Hybrids Worldwide For Fire Risk
Plano, Texas, USA : Toyota has issued a recall for 2016 to 2018 Prius hybrid vehicles amid concerns that the wire harness could spark a fire. The recall, announced Wednesday, involves the Prius plug-in model and could affect 192,000 vehicles in the United States.
Worldwide, the recall could affect more than 1 million vehicles, including the C-HR SUV models, Toyota said.
Toyota will begin notifying affected Prius owners this month.
There are concerns that the wire could wear over time and generate a short circuit and, in rare cases, cause a fire, the automaker said.
Toyota has not said whether any injuries or deaths have resulted from the defect.
“If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire,” a company representative said.
To fix the problem, Toyota will install a new harness with a protective sleeve if the wire is frayed. If it’s not exposed, Toyota will put protective tape around it.
Here is Toyota’s recall notice:
Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain Prius vehicles
“Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2016-2018 model year Toyota Prius vehicles. Approximately 192,000 vehicles in the U.S. will be involved in this recall.
The subject vehicles have an engine wire harness which is connected to the hybrid vehicle Power Control Unit. A portion of the wire harness could contact the cover at this connection and wear over time, causing an electrical short circuit, which can generate heat. If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.
For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will check the engine wire harness assembly. If a wire core is exposed, the engine wire harness assembly will be replaced with a new one that includes a protective sleeve. If a wire core is not exposed, protective tape will be installed on the engine wire harness assembly. The repair will be performed at no cost to customers. All known owners will receive a notification by first class mail starting in late September.
Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information. Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: nhtsa.gov/recalls.
For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1.800.331.4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 1.800.255.3987.
Customers can also access current information on open safety recalls by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at: www.toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls.”