Toyota and Lexus Recall 235,000 Vehicles to Make Sure You're Not Left Stranded

By Jacob Brown | September 04, 2013
Toyota and its luxury counterpart Lexus are recalling approximately 235,000 vehicles for various issues that could impact the passengers' ability to get around. That's right, these recalls aren't park-your-car-immediately recalls with imminent consequences; they're recalls to make sure your car keeps running. Here are the details: 2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h Recalled for Damaged Hybrid Transistors If you're one of the 133,000 owners of a 2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid or Lexus RX 400h on the recall list, it'd be best to take your midsize crossover in for servicing immediately. That's because a buildup of heat in the hybrid inverter system can cause the hybrid system in either of the two vehicles to shut down, putting either one in a limp-home mode. Of course, you'll notice it; your dashboard will light up like a Christmas tree. In very limited instances, the vehicles may shut down and not start back up. Both will be fixed free of charge at a Toyota or Lexus service center. 2006-2011 Lexus IS and GS Vehicles Recalled for Loose Valve Timing Bolts Toyota is recalling another 102,000 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C, and GS 350 sedans and convertibles to secure the bolts on the vehicles' variable valve timing controllers. If the bolts become too loose, the vehicles will just stop running; engines need properly operating valves to "breathe," letting compressed air into and out of the engine. An early detection of the problems can be discovered by way of abnormal noises just after start-up. Like the above crossovers, they'll be fixed free of charge at Lexus service centers. Of course, to find out more, Toyota and Lexus will be issuing recall notices immediately via mail. For more information, check out or or by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331. Source: Toyota