Toyota issues recall in Japan, U.S. and Europe for 369,000 vehicles image

Toyota Motor Corp said it is recalling around 200,000 hybrid SUVs globally and in an unrelated problem another 169,000 vehicles including the Lexus GS350 and IS350.

No accidents or injuries have been reported in both cases, Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada said. Due to a glitch in the hybrid system’s inverter Toyota is recalling around 141,000 vehicles in North America, 37,000 vehicles in Europe and 15,000 vehicles in Japan. The recall affects Lexus RX400h SUVs made between March 2005 and June 2011, and also Highlander SUVs manufactured between February 2005 and May 2007.

Toyota will replace a module inside the inverter, which will take three to four hours, as transistors used in the hybrids’ inverters could experience heat damage that could force the vehicles to stop, the company said in a statement.

Separately, due to a glitch in the engine assembly process, Toyota is recalling the Lexus GS350, made between July 2005 and July 2011, Lexus IS350 manufactured between August 2005 and June 2011, and Lexus IS350C produced between June 2010 and July 2011. In this case, Toyota is recalling around 106,000 vehicles in North America and 59,000 in Japan. In Japan, Toyota is also recalling certain Crown and Mark X vehicles.

Toyota will replace the variable-valve timing system, which controls camshafts – a task which will take more than six hours. The issue is with the bolts used to secure the device, which could become loose and that increases crash risks as it could lead to engine stoppage.

Via Reuters