Today there is a Toyota recall notice for 82,200 Lexus 2006/2007 hybrid models due to an issue with their electronics. This is yet another blow for the Japanese automaker, as they seem to be hit most by these recalls. Having said that, this pales in comparison to some of their other more notable ones.
From the 82.200 2006 and 2007 models there are 45,500 Highlander SUVs and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles affected. The recall only affects these models in the US only. The recall has not begun yet, but there is notice that one is imminent. The reason for the delay is due to the fact that Toyota does not have enough spare parts to resolve the issue.
The main reason for this is due to the fact that these parts companies are still trying to get back to normal following the natural disaster that hit Japan earlier this year. According to WSJ the issue lies in the Intelligent Power Module, this is the main system that controls both the electric power and the standard gasoline engine.
There is said to be a manufacturing fault, as some of the circuits were not soldered correctly. If the solder fails and becomes hot then the car could go into safe mode – something that we do not envy if traveling in the fast lane on the highway. However, in a worse case scenario a fuse could blow, which means that the SUV would stop suddenly.
Like some of the most recent car recalls, such as the Porsche 911 one or the Mazda 3 and MazdaSpeed 3 this one will see a recall begin in July – it seems as though this will be the magic month. Well we say begin, this will be when owners start to receive their notices about their appointments for this issue to be resolved.
When you consider how complex the hybrid drive-train system is, it is a wonder why there has not been a recall to affect this before. Seems funny how most of the recalls that affect cars are due to things that have been around for a long time.
This recall is bad timing, especially as Lexus has just topped a recent J.D. Power and Associates survey for safety. Granted it is not for the models affected by the recall above, but still a funny coincidence. Just when you think Toyota has overcome its issues with recalls, recession and the earthquake and tsunami then something else comes up. However, let’s face facts here, this is not going to be the last recall from the carmaker, or any other brand come to that.