SaferCar.gov report addresses the recall of about 82,273 certain model year 2006-2007
Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX400H passenger cars manufactured from February
16, 2005, through August 30, 2006. Toyota is recalling the vehicles because
a module inside of the inverter module may have improperly soldered transistors.
The transistors may become damaged during high-load driving due to heat
created by the large current. If this happens, several warning lamps,
such as the malfunction indicator lamp, brake system warning light, master
warning light, and slip indicator light may become illuminated on the
This defect may cause affected vehicles to go into fail-safe/limp-home
mode, limiting the car’s drivability or causing the hybrid system
to turn off while the vehicle is still being driven. This would cause
the car to stop suddenly, thus increasing the chances of a collision.
Toyota is expected to send notifications to vehicle owners about the recall
by mid-July and will be sending additional notices at a later time once
parts are available to complete repairs. Toyota dealers will be inspecting
hybrid inverter production numbers to identify whether the inverter has
faulty transistors. These will be replaced at no cost.
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