Toyota Canada announced a massive vehicle safety recall on Wednesday.
The recall affects certain 2016-2018 Prius models that have 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,” said Toyota in a release.
“If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.”
Approximately 7,200 vehicles in Canada are impacted by the recall, directing owners of the named models to visit Toyota dealers and check the engine wire harness assembly.
Toyota also confirmed that the repair will be performed at no cost to customers.
“If a wire core is exposed, the engine wire harness assembly will be replaced with a new one that includes a protective sleeve,” continues the release “If a wire core is not exposed, protective tape will be installed on the engine wire harness assembly.”
Customers who believe their vehicle may be affected by the recall are advised to visit the recall section of Toyota’s website and enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).