Nagoya, Japan - Toyota has recalled more than one million hybrid cars globally due to a technical problem which could, in the worst case scenario, cause a fire in the vehicles.
About 1.03 million vehicles built between June 2015 and May 2018 will be recalled for safety checks, the Toyota announced on Wednesday. The affected models include Prius, Prius PHV (plug-in) and C-HR hybrid models.
Of the 1.03 million, 554 000 are in Japan, 217 000 in North America and 219 000 in Europe. We're currently awaiting confirmation on whether any South African vehicles are affected.
"The electrical wiring... could short circuit and generate heat as it wears down due to vibrations during driving," the company said in a recall document submitted to the transport ministry.
"In the worst case, this could lead to a fire in the vehicle."