Toyota is conducting safety recalls of certain 2016-2018 models due to a risk of the engine catching fire.
In an announcement on Wednesday morning, the company stated that over 7,200 Prius models are being recalled due to a problem with the engine wire harness 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,” reads the release from Toyota. “If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.”
Once the recall is complete, Toyota dealers will check the engine wire harness assembly for all vehicles involved.
“If a wire core is exposed, the engine wire harness assembly will be replaced with a new one that includes a protective sleeve,” the company says. “If a wire core is not exposed, protective tape will be installed on the engine wire harness assembly.”
The repair will be done free of charge to customers.
If you believe your car may be subject to this recall, click here, scroll down and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).