Toyota recalls more than 1 million vehicles, makes repairs free of charge

Toyota is recalling more than 1 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles due a wide range of issues in three different recalls. Here's the break down on the first group of recalls: 2006-10 Highlander hybrid vehicles and 2006-08 Lexus RX400h
  • No. of units recalled: 133,081
  • Reason: The Intelligent Power Module inside the inverter module may contain transistors that have higher operating temperatures than the solder can support. The solder may have damaged those transistors, which can cause various warning lamps, including the malfunction indicator lamp, slip indicator light, brake system warning light and master warning light to illuminate on the instrument panel. This problem may cause the vehicle to enter a fail-safe and/or limp-home mode that limits the vehicle's drivability. Thus, the hybrid system may shut down and the vehicle could stall unexpectedly while being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Recall info: The recall is to begin this month and dealers will make the repairs at no charge to vehicle owners.
  • Second group of vehicle recalls: 2007-11 Lexus GS350, 2006-11 Lexus IS350 and 2010-11 Lexus IS350c No. of units recalled: 101,584 Reason: These vehicles, which have a 2GR-FSE engine, use bolts to secure the housing and sprocket of the Variable-Valve Timing system gear assembly. These bolts could loosen and cause the timing system gear housing and sprocket to separate. Thus, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash. Recall info: A notification schedule has not been provided. Dealers will make the repairs for free.
  • Last group of vehicle recalls: 2006-11 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles No. of units recalled: 780,584 Reason: Improperly tightened rear wheel alignment nuts can allow the rear suspension arm, or  rear tire rod -- to develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure. If the rear tire rod fails, it will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment and loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Recall info: Due to a parts shortage, repairs will occur in phases beginning this month and lasting through February 2014. All owners will receive notification of the recall, with many receiving a second notice when parts come available in their area.
For information about these recalls, call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. Learn more about this and other recalls by contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.
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