Updated: Toyota hybrid recall for Prius, C-HR, Singapore cars affected

Local agent Borneo Motors confirms 4,115 Prius models, unknown number of C-HR Hybrid models affected in Singapore

Tokyo, Japan –

Earlier today, Toyota issued a statement regarding the planned recall of 1.03-million vehicles in Japan, North America, Europe and other regions.

The recall affects the C-HR crossover and some Prius models, and Toyota distributor Borneo Motors has confirmed that two models in Singapore are affected: The current Prius hatchback, and the C-HR Hybrid crossover. 

According to the company’s official statement, 1,0260,000 vehicles are affected globally.

As reported in Reuters and autonews.com, the notice follows a recall announcement issues to the Japanese ministry of transport. It involves a wiring harness in hybrid models.

It is possible for the harness connector to the hybrid power control electronics to come into contact with its covering. Wear and tear, or debris, can cause the wires or cover to become exposed, resulting in a short circuit and risk of a fire.

No injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the issue, though one incident of smoke coming from a vehicle has been reported in Japan.

Most of the models that require a recall are in the Japanese domestic market, approximately half of the 1.03-million, while 192,000 Prius models would be affected in the United States.

In Singapore, 4,115 Prius models are affected, plus an unknown number of Toyota C-HR hybrid models.

As typical for a recall, the Prius models will be fixed at no extra cost to the customers.

CarBuyer understands that Borneo Motors will be undertaking the recall process for C-HR Hybrid models, even though they are parallel-imports and it is under no legal obligation to do so.

In its official statement, “Borneo Motors (Singapore) will also be working with Toyota Motor Corporation and the Land Transport Authority to support the parallel-imported C-HR HV models.”

Official Toyota C-HR models with the 1.2-litre turbo engine are not affected 

An initial response from company spokesmen states that: “The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we are currently working with the Land Transport Authority to identify all parallel-import customers of cars affected.”

The Toyota C-HR crossover is officially sold here by Borneo Motors only in 1.2-litre turbo guise, so those vehicles are not affected.

The largest, most wide-ranging vehicle recall in recent history is the Takata airbag recall, where faulty airbags affected the safety of millions of drivers around the world.

In Singapore it amounted to more than 130,000 airbag inflators. Those who purchased their cars from authorised distributors were at an advantage, since not all parallel importers were 1. still in business or 2. willing or able to cover the recall work.

While dealers are required to notify owners, the latter can also use the electronic recall system to find out if their vehicle is affected.


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