Toyota Recalls 235,000 Vehicles in U.S., Including 2006-'10 Toyota Highlander Hybrid


  • 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Picture

    2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Picture

    The 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is one of several vehicles recalled in two separate actions by Toyota. | September 04, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Toyota is recalling approximately 235,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2006-'10 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and 2006-'08 Lexus RX 400h, in two separate actions.
  • The Highlander Hybrid and the Lexus RX 400h are being recalled because a problem with the hybrid system's inverter assembly may cause the hybrid system to shut down and result in the vehicle stopping while being driven.
  • In the second recall, the 2006-'11 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 are being recalled because the variable valve timing control device can become loose, causing the vehicle to stop while being driven.

TORRANCE, California — Toyota is recalling approximately 235,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2006-'10 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and 2006-'08 Lexus RX 400h, in two separate actions.

The recalls are part of a global recall of approximately 369,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota is recalling 133,000 Highlander Hybrids and Lexus RX 400s vehicles in the U.S. In a separate recall, the automaker is recalling 102,000 2006-'11 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 cars here.

There are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the U.S. recalls, said Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman in a phone conversation on Wednesday with Edmunds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S., has not posted any information about the recalls at this point.

The Highlander Hybrid and the Lexus RX 400h are being recalled because a problem with the hybrid system's inverter assembly may cause the hybrid system to shut down and result in the vehicle stopping while being driven.

"Transistors within the hybrid system's inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of the transistors' parallel circuits," said Toyota in a statement. "Should this occur, various warning lights on the instrument panel will illuminate, and in most cases, the vehicle will enter 'limp home mode.' In limited instances, the hybrid system will shut down and resulting (sic) in the vehicle stopping while the vehicle is being driven."

In the second recall, the 2006-'11 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 are being recalled because the variable valve timing control device can become loose, causing the vehicle to stop while being driven.

"Bolts used to secure the variable valve timing control device can become loose, causing the vehicle to stop while being driven," said Toyota. "Early warning for this condition can be an abnormal noise just after start-up."

Knight said the recalls are scheduled to begin in mid-September.

Toyota dealers will replace the intelligent power module within the inverter assembly in the Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h and the variable valve timing control device in the Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Edmunds says: The two recalls are expected to begin shortly. Toyota said it is encouraging owners to bring the cars into the dealership promptly.

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