Toyota Motor Corp announced two separate incidents of vehicle recalls affecting around 369,000 vehicles in Japan, Europe and the United States. 200,000 hybrid SUVs are being recalled due to a glitch in the inverter while in a separate matter, around 169,000 units are being recalled because of a problem discovered in the engine assembly process.
Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada clarified that there have not been any reported accidents or injuries because of the two cases. The hybrid system inverter problem affects 141,000 vehicles in North America, 37,000 vehicles in Europe and 15,000 vehicles locally and involves those Lexus RX400h that were manufactured between March 2005 and June 2011 and the Highlander SUVs made between February 2005 and May 2007. The glitch in the inverters could force cars to stop due to heat damage and the replacement module that Toyota will be providing would take 3-4 hours to install.
The other recall also mostly involves models from Toyota’s luxury brand, the Lexus GS350 models made between July 2005 and July 2011, the Lexus IS350 produced between August 2005 and June 2011, and the Lexus IS350C produced between June 2010 and July 2011. Due to a problem in the engine assembly process, bolts in the engine that are used to secure the variable-valve timing system might get loose. This might cause the engine to stop and increases the risk of crashing. They will be replacing the variable-valve timing system which will take more than six hours per vehicle. The recall affects 106,000 vehicles in North America and 59,000 in Japan. There are also some Crown and Mark X vehicles being recalled in the domestic market.
[ via Reuters ]
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