The Problem: Electronic components inside the hybrid Intelligent Power Module may overheat, causing their solder to crack. This could cause several warning lights to display and may force the car into a low-speed “limp home” mode. In more serious cases, the hybrid system could stall without warning, possibly increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Toyota and Lexus will replace the Intelligent Power Module for free.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 133,081 Toyota and Lexus hybrids.
The Problem: Due to the strain during cold starts, bolts that hold the sprockets for the engine’s variable valve timing system in place could come loose over time. If so, the sprocket could eventually separate, stalling the engine and potentially causing a crash.
The Fix: Lexus will replace the variable valve timing unit for free.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 101,584 Lexus vehicles.
2006-2011 Toyota RAV4, 2010 Lexus HS250h
The Problem: If the alignment bolts for the rear suspension are tightened improperly, the rear tire rod could move more than expected, causing rust and thread damage that can eventually lead to it failing. If the rear tie rod fails, it will cause “an abrupt change in the vehicle’s alignment” that could make for unpredictable handling, possibly causing a crash.
The Fix: Toyota and Lexus will inspect affected vehicles and, if necessary, replace the tie rods. The vehicles’ tie rods will also be covered in epoxy to prevent future rusting. Because Toyota doesn’t currently have enough parts for the recall, it will be conducted in phases from this month through February 2014.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 780,584 Toyota and Lexus models.
2013 Honda Pilot, Odyssey
The Problem: Some pistons for the 3.5-liter V-6 engine were not properly heat treated, meaning the piston will wear prematurely. The pistons could suddenly fail and cause the engine to stall.
The Fix: Honda will replace the engine block and pistons for free.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 270 2013 Honda Pilot and Odyssey models.
2014 Volvo S60, S80, XC60, XC70
The Problem: The push-button start feature on many 2014 Volvo cars may not work properly. A problem with the car’s computer means that when the engine is restarted, the windshield wipers will run constantly, while the headlight switch, high beams, turn signals, and cruise control won’t work. A warning message will appear in the instrument cluster.
The Fix: Volvo will reprogram the Central Electronic Module in all the affected cars.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 7767 2014 Volvo cars.