Australian recall roundup: Lexus RX400h and IS350 image

Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus has recently announced two separate recalls for several RX400h and IS350 vehicles, because of two different problems.

According to the car manufacturer, approximately 1,750 units of the Lexus RX400h will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the problem fixed. Lexus says that in several RX400h models, a component in the petrol electric hybrid system may overheat, resulting in a loss of vehicle power or a loss of drive, increasing the risk of a crash and / or injury.

Engine warning lights will appear on the instrument panel and the vehicle will enter the fail-safe mode, allowing it to travel a short distance with reduced power. The affected models have been produced between June 2006 and December 2008.

The second recall issued by Lexus is affecting approximately 750 units of the IS350 sedans, produced between April 2010 and July 2011. The company says that the bolts securing the 3.5 liter V6 engine’s VVT (variable valve timing) gear can get loosen making the unit noisy. Affected vehicles will get a new variable valve timing gear device. The process will take seven hours and it will be done with no cost to customers.