Toyota Recalls 2006, 2007 Highlander Hybrid and RX 400h

TORRANCE, Calif.– Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. issued a voluntary safety recall for about 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles sold in the United States.

The Intelligent Power Module (IPM) located inside the Hybrid System Inverter contains a control board with transistors. Some transistors on the control boards 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.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center (800-331-4331) or www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (800-255-3987).

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