Toyota Recalls Certain 2012 - 2015 Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles Toyota announced that it is conducting separate safety recalls in the U.S. of approximately 39,900 Model Year 2012 - 2015 Prius PHEVs. Prius PHEVs contain an Electric Vehicle (EV) fuse which may malfunction if the vehicle is repeatedly operated in EV mode under high-load driving conditions, such as during a long hill climb. If the fuse malfunctions, warning lights and warning messages will illuminate. In some cases, the vehicle can be driven, but with reduced power. In other cases, the hybrid system could shut down, resulting in the loss of motive power. Power steering and braking will not be affected. Loss of motive power while driving at higher speeds can increase the risk of a crash. Toyota dealers will replace the fuse with an improved one at no cost to customers. All known owners will receive a notification by first-class mail starting in January 2018.