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Toyota Issues Recall on Hybrid SUVs Lexus SUVs

Sep 4, 2013

Leading automaker Toyota has issued another safety recall on more than 350,000 SUVs because of issues that can affect the performance, such as causing these vehicles to stop suddenly.

In voluntary recalls issued this week, Toyota Motor Sales USA announced that the callback includes about 133,000 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUVs and Lexus RX 400h SUVs. The action also includes about 102,000 Lexus IS vehicles.

Toyota manufactures Lexus vehicles.

Here are specifics on the recalled vehicles from Toyota this week:

  • 2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h

Toyota says that “transistors within the hybrid system’s inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of the transistors’ parallel circuits.” Quite simply, if this were to occur on any of these vehicles, they could become very difficult or impossible to drive. Warning lights will shine on the driver’s control panel and the Toyota Highlander and Lexus RX could enter what the company calls “Limp Home Mode”. In other cases, this defect could cause the vehicles to stop altogether.

  • 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350
  • 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350C
  • 2006-2011 Lexus GS 350

On these three models, Toyota says that bolts designed to secure the variable valve timing control device may become loose. If this happens, the vehicles could stop working entirely and will need to be repaired. Drivers may hear an unusual noise when they start the vehicle as a sign that this defect may be occurring.

Toyota is informing its customers of these recalls via mail. The company has not announced any repair program to address the conditions that prompted the recall.

You’ll remember that Toyota has had a checkered past in terms of safety recalls, and several years ago paid millions of dollars to fix an allegedly defective accelerator on its top-selling Toyota Camry sedans that were blamed for thousands of injuries and several deaths of drivers.

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