Toyota recalls thousands of cars

Toyota recalls thousands of cars

Japanese car giant Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles around the world due to a problem with the hybrid system - as well as 169,000 more because of an engine bolt defect.

No accidents have so far been attributed to either of the problems, the first of which involves an inverter in the hybrid system for the Lexus RX400 and the Highlander models worldwide, as well as Harrier and Kluger hybrids in Japan.

Toyota warned that the defect could set off an alarm and the hybrid may stop running.

The United States will witness 141,000 vehicles being recalled in the alert and Japan 15,000. Such warnings emphasise the need for drivers to take out breakdown cover to minimise any unforeseen inconvenience.

In the second case involving the engine bolts, these could loosen on the Lexus GS350, IS350, Crown and Mark X models, which could lead to the engine stalling, according to Toyota.

Copyright Press Association 2013