Toyota Motor Corp. said it is recalling nearly 234,000 vehicles in two separate recalls to address electrical problems and problems with a valve-timing system. Both could cause vehicles to stop running.
The Japanese automaker said the recalls cover 133,000 2006-2010 Highlander Hybrid and 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h vehicles.
In the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h vehicles, transistors within the hybrid system’s inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of the transistors. Should this occur, various warning lights on the instrument panel will illuminate, and in most cases the vehicles will enter “limp-home mode.”
In limited instances, the hybrid system will shut down and result in the vehicle stopping, according to Toyota.
The latest recall is an expansion of a 2011 recall that covered 82,000 2006-2007 Highlander and Lexus RX400h vehicles.
The second recall announced covers 102,000 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C, and GS 350 vehicles. Bolts used to secure the variable valve timing control device can become loose, and cause the vehicles to come to a stop. Early warning for this condition can be an abnormal noise just after start-up.
Worldwide, Toyota is recalling about 369,000 vehicles to address the valve timing issue.