Toyota Hit With Another Recall – Over 10 Million Vehicles Recalled in the Past 18 Months – June 30, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – More bad news for Toyota as they have just issued recalls for the  Lexus RX400h and Highlander hybrid.    That brings the totals up to over 10 million vehicles recalled in the last 18 months.

From the Toyota website press release:

The Intelligent Power Module (IPM) located inside the Hybrid System Inverter contains a control board with transistors. Certain transistors on the control boards in some of the subject vehicles were inadequately soldered and could be damaged from heat caused by a large current flow during high-load driving.

If this were to occur, various warning lamps will illuminate on the instrument panel. In most cases the vehicle will enter a fail-safe driving mode, resulting in reduced power in which the vehicle can still be driven for short distances. In limited instances, the power supply circuit fuse could blow when the transistor is damaged. If the fuse blows, the hybrid system will stop and the vehicle will coast to a stop.

Recently 2007-2008 RAV4 models and certain 2008 Highlander and Highlander Hybrids were recalled over potential air bag sensor issues and approximately 270,000 first- and second-generation two-wheel drive Sienna Vans were recalled over  frequent use of road salt that could result in excessive corrosion of the spare tire carrier assembly that could lead to the spare tire falling away from the vehicle.
Cornwall Free News

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