Toyota has announced today that they will be recalling several of their vehicles, including those from their luxury division, Lexus. In all, over 369,000 vehicles worldwide are affected by the recall, and of those, nearly 235,000 are in the United States.
The larger Toyota recall of the two involves the 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid SUVs, as well as the 2006-2008 Lexus RX400h hybrid SUV. In both vehicles, it has been determined that the transistors in the hybrid system could overheat. In some cases, after the driver has received a warning, the vehicle could unexpectedly stop while the vehicle is in motion.
The second Toyota recall is for the 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 coupes and sedans. In this recall, the bolts in the variable timing control device could come loose, and like the aforementioned recall, could bring the vehicle to a halt, also while in motion.
Although both defects could increase the likelihood of an accident and/or injury, Toyota has stated that it has not received any reports of either instance occurring.
The latest Toyota recalls will have owners from both brands returning their vehicles back to their respective dealerships to resolve the issues, at no charge. For more information, or to schedule a service appointment, one can contact their local Toyota or Lexus dealership. Notification is expected to be begin right away.