Toyota and Ford Recalls

According to USA Today, there have been two vehicle recalls – one involving nearly 2 million Ford F-150 trucks and another on nearly 200,000 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles.

• Ford F-150: Ford Motor is recalling nearly 2 million pickup trucks to fix a seatbelt defect that could trigger vehicle fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration previously launched an investigation into the matter in early August after reports of five fires due to the defect, three of which totally destroyed the truck.

Ford identified at least 23 “reports of smoke or fire” but no injuries or accidents connected to the defect. The recall covers the 2015-18 model-year Ford F-150s made from March 12, 2014, through Aug. 23, 2018, in Dearborn, Mich., and from Aug. 20, 2014, through Aug. 23, 2018, in Kansas City.

• Toyota Prius: The Japanese automaker is recalling about 192,000 Prius vehicles in the U.S. to fix an engine wire harness attached to the car’s power control unit. Wear could cause an increased risk of a fire, the company said. The recall covers certain versions of the model year 2016 through 2018 Prius.