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Recall Roundup: Toyota Recalls A Million Vehicles for Various Problems

By: Jeff Youngs, 9/9/2013
During the past week, Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled more than one million vehicles in order to remedy various problems. Additionally, a handful of Honda vehicles are going back to the dealership, as well as updated 2014 models from the Volvo lineup. The recalls are listed below in alphabetical order by make.


2013 Honda Odyssey
2013 Honda Pilot

Honda is recalling a total of 270 Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot vehicles from the 2013 model year because the engines might contain pistons that were manufactured with an insufficient hardness level, making them more susceptible to premature engine wear and, ultimately, an engine stall that could increase the risk for a crash.

The affected vehicles will have a new engine short block installed at no cost to the owner, beginning on September 16, 2013. Owners have been notified, but if they have questions, they can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 and reference National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall ID number 13V382. Honda's recall numbers are JB4 for the Odyssey, and JB5 for the Pilot.

Honda Car & Truck Quality, Dependability & Performance Ratings
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2007-2011 Lexus GS 350
2006-2011 Lexus IS 350
2010-2011 Lexus IS 350c

Toyota is recalling a total of 101,584 Lexus vehicles equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a 2GR-FSE designation. For these engines, the bolts used to secure the Variable Valve Timing system gear assembly's housing and sprocket could loosen due to abnormal impact coming from within the housing immediately following a cold engine start-up. If the bolts loosen enough to allow the housing and sprocket to separate from the engine while the car is being driven, the engine will stop running.

The recall impacts 2007-2011 Lexus GS 350 vehicles built from June 19, 2006, to July 12, 2011; 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350 vehicles built from May 25, 2005, to July 13, 2011; and 2010-2011 Lexus IS 350c vehicles built from November 25, 2009 to July 19, 2011.

To resolve the problem, these vehicles will receive a new Variable Valve Timing unit at no cost to the owner. Lexus has not provided a timetable for the component replacement, but owners with questions can contact Toyota by calling 1-800-331-4331 and referencing NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V395.

Lexus Car & Truck Quality, Dependability & Performance Ratings
2013 Lexus Buyer's Guide


2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h

Toyota is recalling 133,081 units of the Lexus RX 400h and Toyota Highlander Hybrid models to fix a problem with the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) located within the powertrain's inverter module. The recall includes 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h models built from February 23, 2005, to December 2, 2008, and 2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid models built from February 16, 2005, to July 29, 2010.

In the affected vehicles, the IPM is equipped with transistors that have a higher operating temperature than the solder attaching them can support, damaging the transistors. If this occurs, warning lights will appear on the dashboard, the vehicle may enter a limp-home driving mode, or the hybrid system will completely shut down, causing the vehicle to stall.

To resolve the problem, dealers will install a new IPM at no cost to the vehicle owner. The recall begins at the end of September, and does not include vehicles that have already had their IPM replaced under an earlier recall (11V342). Owners with questions can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331, referencing NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V396.

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2010 Lexus HS 250h
2006-2011 Toyota RAV4

Toyota is recalling 780,584 vehicles built from October 2005 to September 2010 in order to inspect and, if necessary, replace rear suspension tie rods. These components are susceptible to premature rust and wear if the nuts used to adjust the rear suspension alignment are improperly tightened during service. This premature rust and wear could lead to failure of the tie rod and a possible loss of control, followed by a crash.

To fix the problem, Lexus and Toyota dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace tie rods on any that exhibit rust or corrosion on the alignment adjustment threads. All tie rods--original and replacement--will be encased in epoxy to prevent future damage.

A parts shortage has forced Toyota to execute the recall in phases starting in September of 2013 and ending in February of 2014. Owners will receive a first recall notification followed by a second notification when parts are available for their vehicle. Owners with questions can contact Toyota directly by calling 1-800-331-4331 and referencing NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V383.

Also, note that this new recall supersedes a previous recall for the same issue. The NHTSA campaign ID number for the previous recall is 12V373.


2014 Volvo models
Volvo is recalling 7,767 units of the updated 2014 model year S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 models that are equipped with keyless push-button starting. The Central Electronic Module (CEM) might not work properly, causing the wipers to operate whenever the engine is running, or causing failure of the headlights and turn signals.

To remedy the problem, Volvo dealers will install new CEM software. A timetable for the fix has not been established. Owners can contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 and reference NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V377.

Volvo Car & Truck Quality, Dependability & Performance Ratings
2013 Volvo Buyer's Guide

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