Toyota Prius recall involves 192,000 hybrids in the U.S.

Toyota is recalling 192,000 of its 2016 to 2018 Prius hybrids sold in the U.S. because of a fire risk. Wiring in the front of the vehicle could wear over time and cause a short circuit, which the automaker said could cause a fire.

The recall is part of a larger campaign that includes more than 1 million vehicles worldwide, the majority sold in Japan.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that Toyota discovered the defect after a dealer in Japan reported "abnormal odor, smoke, and flames" from a customer's vehicle. One warranty claim in the U.S. may be related to the issue, the automaker said. 

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2016 to 2018 Toyota Prius cars manufactured between June 2015 and May 2018.

The problem: A bundle of wires wrapped in a protective sleeve—known as a wire harness—could wear out after contact with the cover of the vehicle’s Power Control Unit, which controls electricity within the hybrid drivetrain. If the harness wears, it could cause an electrical short circuit and lead to a vehicle fire.

The fix: Dealers will check the vehicle’s engine wire harness assembly and replace it if a wire core is exposed. The new harness will include a protective sleeve. If the wire core is not exposed, dealers will apply protective tape.

Toyota Prius engine. This recall is for a wire harness located in the engine compartment.
2016 Toyota Prius hybrid engine.

How to contact the manufacturer: Toyota will contact owners of affected vehicles in late September. Owners can contact Toyota directly at 800-331-4331.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V579

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed. 

If you plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, we recommend checking back later. 

Update: This article has been updated with new information from NHTSA.