From sudden acceleration to Intelligent Power Modules resulting in loss of power to defects in power steering system resulting in loss of control, Toyota has set new lows in the automobile league this year in safety recalls. What in the world is happening with their cars?
No need to discuss the issues about sudden acceleration. They are well publicized.
On June 29, 2011 Toyota recalled 45,500 Highlanders and 36,700 Lexus Rx400h vehicles sold in the United States because “The Intelligent Power Module (IPM) located inside the Hybrid System Inverter contains a control board with transistors. Certain transistors on the control boards in some of the subject vehicles were inadequately soldered and could be damaged from heat caused by a large current flow during high-load driving.”
What would be the result?
A blown fuse resulting in loss of power leaving drivers in a coasting mode searching for a safe place.
On November 9, 2011 Toyota announced the recall of 420,000 cars in the United States because of a problem with the power steering system. Involved are some 2004 Toyota Avalons as well as 2004 and 2005 Camrys, Highlander SUVs, Sienna Minivans, Solara convertibles, Lexus ES330 sedans and RX330 SUVs. The 2006 Lexus RX400h hybrid SUV is also included in the recall. All the vehicles affected by the recall are powered by V6 engines.
Apparently a belt in the cars power steering pump can be separated from a pulley causing the power steering system to fail. According to the recall, Toyota has asked its drivers to listen for any unusual noise from their car’s engine compartment and if they hear it, contact Toyota. Not exactly reassuring. By the way, can you describe with confidence an “unusual noise”
Read the Toyota Press Release here: Toyota Announces Voluntary Safety Recall of Certain 2006 and 2007 Model Year Highlander Hybrid and RX 400h Vehicles
Read the CNN Article: Toyota Recalls 420,000 Cars in the U.S.
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