Toyota motor sales in the USA has announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 45,500 HighLander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400H vehicles sold in the USA. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved.
The problems with the vehicles is that the intelligent power module (IP) located inside the hybrid system inverta contains a control board with transistors. Certain transistors on the control boards in some of the subject vehicles were inadequately soldered and could be damaged from heat caused by a large current flow during high-low driving.
If this were to occur, various warning lamps will illuminate on the instrument panel. In most case the vehicle will enter a failed 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.
Toyota is currently working on obtaining the necessary replacement parts. Once the replacement parts are available owners will be notified.
If you have purchased one of these vehicles you may be entitled to compensation if the vehicles are defective. Contact Liam Moloney, Solicitor Naas today at 045 898000 for a free consultation.