Toyota recalls 82,000 hybrid vehiclesAlready reeling from supply chain disruptions emanating from the natural disasters that hit Japan on March 11, Toyota Motor announced that it will now recall some of its hybrid sport utility vehicles (SUVs) after a stalling problem was found, according to a published report.

The New York Times reports that Toyota will recall 82,000 of its hybrid SUVs after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered the flaw. The recall affects about 45,500 Highlander hybrid models, and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h models from the 2006-2007 model years, according to the news source.

Toyota said in a statement that the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) located inside its hybrid system inverter contains a control board with transistors, some of which were inadequately soldered. Some of the transistors have the potential to be damaged by heat during a large current flow, company engineers said.

Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said in an email that the carmaker is thus far unaware of the manufacturing defect resulting in any accidents. What's more, he said Toyota was already in the midst of its own investigation into the matter when the NHTSA announced that it was looking into the problem in February.
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