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Lexus recalls HS 250h hybrid over short circuit worries

Problem with hybrid transaxle assembly may affect 18,000 compact cars

2010 Lexus HS 250h

Toyota is recalling about 18,000 Lexus HS 250h sedans from 2010 to remedy a fault that could cause a short circuit.

The issue is with the hybrid vehicle transaxle assembly, which could cause components to wear prematurely, leading to a short circuit. Drivers will be alerted to the problem through gauge cluster warning lights and warning messages. The vehicle will also go into “safe mode,” or commonly referred to as “limp home” mode, which reduces propulsion to allow it to be driven a short distance home or to a dealership.

It might, however, lead to a sudden hybrid system shut-down, which would increase the risk of a crash, if it were to happen at higher speed, although Toyota is not aware of any such incidents. And, the company points out that the steering and braking systems would continue to function normally.

Owners of involved vehicles will be notified by mail in late November, asking them to return the vehicles to Lexus dealerships, where the hybrid vehicle transaxle assembly will be replaced. Customers can also check Toyota.com/recall and submit the vehicle identification number (VIN) or call Lexus customer service at (800) 255-3987

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