Toyota and Lexus recalling 235,000 hybrid CUVs and sedans over separate issues

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Default Toyota and Lexus recalling 235,000 hybrid CUVs and sedans over separate issues


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.

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