Toyota has announced a recall of its Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX400h vehicles, dating from the 2006 and 2007 model years. According to a statement released by the automaker, improperly soldered transistors on the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) located inside the Hybrid System Inverter could become damaged due to excessive heat, causing the car’s hybrid powerplant to enter a low power limp-mode or cease working all together. This would be accompanied by a warning lights on the dash.
Affected vehicles include 45,500 Highlander Hybrid models and 36,700 Lexus RX400h models.
Replacement parts are not yet available, but Toyota says it is working to obtain them and will notify owners at that time. Toyota says it will initially inform owners in July and will follow up once the parts are available.
Owners with questions or concerns are asked to contact Toyota online at 1 800-331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com/recall for more info. Lexus owners can call 1 800-255-3987 or visit www.lexus.com/recall.