(CNN Money) — Toyota is recalling more than 1 million of its hybrid vehicles worldwide over a potential fire risk.
The automaker said Wednesday that the safety recall covers its Prius, Prius plug-in hybrid and C-HR SUV models and is intended to repair a problem with their electrical systems, which in some cases can cause fires.READ MORE: 2 Tigers At Pittsburgh Zoo Test Positive For COVID-19
More than half of the affected vehicles are in Japan, while just under 200,000 are in the United States. The rest were sold in Europe and other markets. US drivers will start receiving recall notices by mail this month.
Toyota said the problem involved wire harnesses that connect to the cars’ power control units. These can wear away over time, generating heat.
“If sufficient heat is generated, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire,” a Toyota spokesman in Tokyo told CNN on Wednesday. He declined to comment on whether the defects have resulted in any injuries or deaths.READ MORE: Fraternity Suspended As Police Investigate Death Of UNH Student Vincenzo Lirosi
The recall applies to cars produced between June 2015 and May 2018. The company said it would provide fixes to customers free of charge.
The Japanese carmaker has had problems with the Prius before.
More broadly, the company has also had to recall more than 20 million of its cars in recent years in response to the Takata exploding air bag scandal.MORE NEWS: When Will The Snow Start? First Widespread Snow Of The Season Expected Wednesday For Massachusetts
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