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USA: Three Toyota Prius Hybrid Models Also Caught Fire at New Jersey Port During Storm

As it turns out, the 16 Fisker Karma extended-range hybrids weren’t the only new hybrid cars to catch fire in Port Newark, New Jersey last Monday on October 29, after being submerged in seawater during Hurricane Sandy.

In a completely separate incident during the storm, three Toyota Prius models, including a conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, were also damaged by fire at Port Newark, according to a report from the LA Times.

Toyota confirmed the incident. “One Prius out and out burned, the others just kind of smoldered and got really hot,” Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman told the New York Times (NYT), adding that the fire “likely started because saltwater got into the electrical system.” The Prius that burned down completely was a plug-in hybrid model.

All in all, there were 4,000 Toyota vehicles parked at Port Newark during the storm, of which 2,128 were plug-in or hybrid models.
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