Approximately 192,000 model-year 2016-2018 Toyota Prius hybrid hatchbacks are being recalled due to an issue with the engine wire harness. A portion of the engine wire harness could contact the cover at the connection to the power control unit and wear over time, causing an electrical short circuit, which can generate heat, increasing the risk of fire.
Toyota will begin notifying owners by first-class mail in late September. Owners can call the automaker at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
To fix the problem dealers will check the engine wire harness assembly and replace it with a new one that will include a protective sleeve if a wire core is exposed. If a wire core is not exposed, protective tape will be installed on the engine wire harness assembly.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the recall problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.