When it rains, it pours. Toyota has announced a pair of separate but voluntary North America recalls covering approximately 235,000 vehicles built between 2006 and 2011. The larger of the two recalls targets Toyota's hybridized crossovers, the Lexus RX400h and Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 133,000 units, including 2006-2010 Highlander and 2006-2008 RX crossovers are covered in the campaign. The other recall affects 102,000 IS350 sedans, IS350C convertibles and GS350 sedans built between 2006 and 2011.

With the CUVs, the faults in the parallel circuits of the transistors can cause heat damage in the inverter assembly, triggering an abundance of warning lamps and sending the vehicle into limp mode. The Lexus sedans are being recalled due to loose bolts on the variable valve timing controller. Detected by unusual underhood sounds on startup, the issue can cause the engine to stop while driving. The inverter issue is also triggering similar recalls in Japan and Europe.

At the moment, it's unclear if any of these issues have caused any crashes or injuries. Toyota says it plans to notify owners of the recall via snail mail. Additional information for owners can be found on the recall sites for Toyota and Lexus or by calling Toyota's customer service line, at 1-800-331-4331. Scroll down for the complete recall notice from Toyota.
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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recalls

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 3, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it will conduct two voluntary safety recalls. One involves approximately 133,000 MY 2006-2010 Highlander Hybrid and MY 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h vehicles. The other involves approximately 102,000 MY 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C, and GS 350 vehicles.

In the involved 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' parallel circuits. 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 in the vehicle stopping while the vehicle is being driven.

In the involved Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 vehicles, bolts used to secure the variable valve timing control device can become loose, causing the vehicle to stop while being driven. Early warning for this condition can be an abnormal noise just after start-up.

Owners of vehicles subject to these recalls will receive a notification by first class mail.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and www.lexus.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      I started to get worried already that the month of August went by and there were no toyota or other asian recalls...I guess I shouldn't worry so much, they will come at regular intervals, one just have to wait a month or so
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        LOL? Kontroll, you owe me a new phone as mine is soaked in coffee. :) And those owners are so defensive about it too. Notice there
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      benjamin_braddock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota build quality is laughable!
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @benjamin_braddock
        I disagree. We've owned many Toyotas over the years and we've never had any problems with any of them...literally. And I don't recall ever having any issues with the service department or the dealers either. My wife currently drives a Lexus. In contrast, I supervised a fleet of 160 "American" made vehicles and we had nothing but issues, with the worst being GM. Talk about not wanting to honor a warranty! American auto manufacturers can't hold a candle to Toyota, that's a fact. And I'm no fan boy, I drive a Dodge Ram.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mike
          Dean I totally agree with you that the play field is level, toyota is not leading neither in fuel economy anymore either., except for the hybrids, but other manufacture are slowly overtaking them too in that department.
          F150Soul
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mike
          I can't believe people actually believe that in 2013. If this was 2005 I would say sure. American auto manufacturers meet or exceed TOYs reliability. You really shouldn't be a TOY sheep.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mike
          And I will respectfully dis-agree with you Mike, fact is Toyotas \"dependability\" has become basically hype...their lead in recalls underlines what I am saying.....NO ONE gets a hall pass anymore, and as far as dependablity goes the field is as level as its ever been....and the higher tech cars become, expect more of this...one of Toyotas crown jewels when it comes to dependability is the Corolla, possibly the simplest compact sedan out there.....until now with CVTS etc etc ...the old 4 speed auto deserves tha crown....how will the newest variant hold up now consumers are demanding more complexity....... .
        chucki42
        • 1 Year Ago
        @benjamin_braddock
        I have a tacoma truck with over 400k miles and it still looks and drives like new. and i put this truck through rough driving conditions too. beats g.m , dodge, ford any day.
      Jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it was tech that was made for the 2006 model year, that means it's tech that was developed back in 2003. These issues are nothing for 10-11 year old cars in general, let alone advanced Hybrid vehicles. I say "keep up the good work, Toyota".
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jeff
        cann't you read!!!! 2006- 2010 highlander and 2006- 2011 lexus cars. The older highlander is from 200o-2007 the newer ones came 2007 that is toyota new hybrid system too, not the old one.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          @sweenneyp know something before you start telling someone about system, the old hybrid was MHU28 build from 2005 to 2007, this is a second generation hybrid XU 40 build from 2007, it is similar but different.
          sweeneyp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Wrong. The 08-10 highlander hybrid is the same motor/system as the previous gen. It wasn't till 2011 they switched to the 2GR-FXE and changed things up. Jeff is right.
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      Starting to feel sorry for TMC owners...NOT! That is what you get for believing pop-culture of TMC products in media outlets. Do you fan boys think the Supra or what gee-whiz concept they come up with is going to be any better. Along with Mazda and some Hondas, I have never seen a modern day car rust like a Toyota.
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          normc32
          • 1 Year Ago
          It Toyota getting called out for contracting to the lowest bidder. Same thing is happening to Honda as they lead recalls last year.
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      mahalo5000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota build quality should not be blindly assumed. I have a 2004 Prius with 158K miles and it has been nearly flawless. Even the brake linings are original! Yet, I've been looking at buying a 2004 Tacoma pickup, and, I have discovered horror stories of the entire frame rotting because of rust. Situations where the vehicles will structurally fail. And a factory, not willing to help very much, despite a recall. Its as if the two models were manufactured by two entirely different companies
      drusus5845
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buy a Jag. Both 11 years old and only $600, worth of problems covered by warranties.
      bstogieone
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should recall them for being boring and ugly, and a poor accident rating!
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