The Japanese manufacturer reports that the fuel suction plate located within the fuel tank may develop a crack, which could expand over time. This, in turn, may leak when the vehicle has a full tank of fuel.
As the car maker notes, having fuel or fuel vapour in the presence of an ignition source poses a clear fire risk.
Build dates for affected models are listed below:
Corolla hatch: 5 March 2007 to 23 July 2012, 26 July 2012 to 1 October 2014
Corolla sedan: 5 March 2007 to 30 September 2013
Prius: 1 April 2009 to 5 February 2015
Prius V: 13 March 2012 to 10 November 2014
Rukus: 26 February 2010 to 30 September 2014
CT200h: 1 September 2010 to 4 February 2015
This is the second recall for the previous-generation Prius and CT200h in less than seven days, after being recalled for a cracked curtain airbag inflator last week.
Owners of the recalled vehicles will be contacted via mail.