TORONTO, ON., September 4, 2013 – Toyota Canada Inc., announced that it will conduct two voluntary safety recalls. One involves 7621 MY 2006-2010 Highlander Hybrid and MY 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h vehicles. The other involves 3922 MY 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350, MY 2010-2011 IS 350C, and MY 2007-2011 GS 350 vehicles.
In the involved Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h vehicles, transistors within the hybrid system's inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of their parallel circuits. Should this occur, instrument panel warning lights will illuminate, and in most cases the vehicle will enter "limp home mode." In limited instances the hybrid system may shut down while the vehicle is being driven.
In the involved Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 vehicles, bolts used to secure the variable valve timing control device can become loose, should this occur, it may cause the engine to stop while being driven. Early warning for this condition can be identified as a brief rattle noise for approximately 1 second upon a cold start-up.
Owners of vehicles subject to these recalls will receive a notification by mail.
Information is available to customers at www.toyota.ca/recall, the Toyota Customer Interaction Center at 1-888-TOYOTA-8 (1888-869-6828), or www.lexus.ca and Lexus Canada at 1-800-26-LEXUS (1-800-265-3987).