Several recent vehicle models are subject to Toyota recalls. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc., announced two voluntary recalls involving several Toyota and Lexus models, and one mandatory recall involving Toyota and Lexus sport utility vehicles that were recently subject to a previous recall.
Approximately 133,000 Model Year 2006-2010 Highlander Hybrid vehicles and 2006-2008 Lexus RH 400h vehicles are voluntarily recalled because of the hybrid system installed in the sport utility vehicles. The transistors within the hybrid system’s inverter assembly can undergo heat damage because of transistors built into the parallel circuits. If heat damage occurs, various warning lights will turn on in the instrument panels and the vehicles are likely to enter “limp home mode.” This will result in a shutdown of the hybrid system, causing the vehicle to stop while being driven.
Owners of MY 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS350 vehicles are also requested to bring in their vehicles for safety inspection. In approximately 102,000 vehicles, the bolts used to secure the variable valve timing control device can become loose, causing the vehicle to stop while being driven. Toyota claims that abnormal noise just after starting the vehicle can indicate this problem.
Additionally, another Toyota recall concerns certain model year 2006 to 2011 Toyota Rav4 vehicles and Lexus HS250h vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. The nuts for adjusting rear wheel alignment may have been improperly tightened, which may lead to the rear suspension arm developing unwanted movement, rust, thread damage, and eventual failure. Should failure occur, the rear tire rob will cause an abrupt change in the alignment, potentially causing loss of control of the vehicle while in operation. This Toyota recall will be implemented in phases because of the limitations in parts. Those vehicle owners who may have had their vehicles inspected earlier through a previous recall must have their vehicle re-inspected. All vehicles will have the rear tire rods encased in epoxy to prevent future damage.
Toyota will notify owners of the recall by first class mail, but information can also be found at http://www.toyota.com/recall and http://www.lexus.com/recall, or by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.