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Toyota announces hybrid car recall

Japanese carmaker Toyota may be world renowned for its hybrid cars, but that hasn't stopped it falling foul of the recent spate of hybrid car recalls.

The company has announced it will conduct two voluntary safety recalls in the USA. The first will involve around 133,000 2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrids and 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h models. Meanwhile, the second will involve 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350, Lexus IS 350C and Lexus GS350 vehicles: around 102,000 models.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008

In the case of the Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h models, it has been found that transistors in the inverter assembly of the hybrid system have suffered heat damage cause of variations in the parallel circuits of the transistors. If this occurs it can lead to warning lights illuminating on the instrument panel and could prompt the vehicle to enter 'limp home mode'. In extreme circumstances, it could even cause the hybrid system to shut down completely: meaning the vehicle would stop while it is being driven.

Meanwhile, in the case of the other Lexus models, bolts used on the variable valve timing control device can potentially come loose: and this could prompt the vehicle to stop while it is being driven. If you hear an abnormal noise just after the start-up, then this could be an early warning sign.

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Paul Lucas

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