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Toyota Hybrids Recalled for Engine Problems

Nearly 82,000 Toyota hybrid vehicles are being recalled because of an electronic issue that could cause the vehicle to stall, according to news reports.

Toyota said that 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h models from the 2006 and 2007 model years are affected by the recall. The vehicles were sold in the U.S.

“At the root of the problem is what Toyota calls the Intelligent Power Module, which is part of the vehicles’ hybrid gasoline-electric power systems. The module has a control board with transistors. Certain transistors on the control boards in some vehicles weren’t soldered properly and might not stand up to the heat of high electrical current in certain driving conditions.”

As a Seattle car accident attorney, I hope Toyota is able to recall this vehicle before any accidents or injuries occur. According to news reports, “Toyota also noted that it is waiting until enough replacement parts are available before making service appointments for customers to have the repair work done at dealerships. The parts-supply network for many car makers has yet to fully recover fully from the affects of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.”

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled vehicle, contact a personal injury lawyer in Seattle.