Toyota Australia has today announced that it will initiate a safety recall on 49 Prius c vehicles produced between February 2018 and September 2018.
This recall is due to a manufacturing issue, which has the potential to stop the DC-DC converter from functioning correctly. The DC-DC converter reduces the voltage from the hybrid battery to a level that is appropriate to charge the auxiliary 12V battery. Due to a manufacturing issue, the auxiliary 12V battery may not receive power from the DC-DC converter.
If this occurs, warning lights and messages will show on the combination meter. Audible warnings will also alert the driver to the issue.
If the vehicle continues to be operated, it could lose motive power, increasing the risk of a collision particularly at higher speeds.
Toyota Australia will notify all affected vehicle owners of this recall by mail within the next few weeks.
Toyota dealers will inspect the vehicle and, if necessary, replace the affected component (the DC-DC converter) with a new one free of charge.
There have been no reported incidents or injuries in Australia caused by this condition.