Toyota Recalls Hybrid Vehicles
Toyota Motor Corp. announced another round of recalls Wednesday, involving 110,000 hybrid vehicles.
The recall will involve 36,700 Lexus RX 400h hybrid vehicles, and 45,500 units of Toyota's Highlander Hybrid. In a press release, the automaker cited inadequate soldering as as the recall's cause.
As a result of the defect, Toyota said transistors in the vehicles can be damaged during high-load driving, due to heat caused by a high-current flow. In this case, the vehicles would operate at reduced power or coast to a stop.
Toyota said it will obtain replacement parts and notify owners by mid-July. This year, Toyota is expected to lose its spot as the top-selling automaker.
Toyota has already suffered setbacks this year due to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March. The AP reported it has had to recall over 1.4 million vehicles in all.