Forbes reports that Toyota has issued a recall of over 81,000 Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles due to an electrical problem that leads to a blown fuse.
Approximately 45,500 Highlander Hybrids and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles from 2006 and 2007 model years are being recalled because the hybrid system’s Intelligent Power Module may not have been properly put together. Transistors that are not correctly soldered on control boards may heat up, and the power supply fuse could blow, shutting down the hybrid system and cause the vehicle to coast to a stop. According to the automaker, in less serious cases, warning lamps may light up and vehicles may switch to fail-safe driving mode, resulting in reduced power. When this occurs, the vehicles may only be driven for short distances.
As of yet, Toyota does not have the parts needed to repair the affected vehicles. When parts are available, owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer for a free inspection and repairs, if needed. The recall is expected to begin in mid-July. Vehicle owners can check their vehicle identification number (VIN) with Toyota’s database at http://www.toyota.com/owners/sscinfo to find whether their vehicle is being recalled.
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