Recall Alert: 133,000 Toyota and Lexus Hybrids

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 133,000 model-year 2006-10 Highlander Hybrids and 2006-08 Lexus RX 400h hybrid crossovers.  

The Problem: Heat damage to the transistors in the hybrid system could impair electrical circuits, causing warning lights to illuminate and the vehicle to enter a "limp home" mode. "In limited instances, the hybrid system will shut down, resulting in the vehicle stopping while the vehicle is being driven," Toyota said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners will be notified via registered mail. They can also call 800-331-4331 or go to and for more information.

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