by the Associated Press
September 5, 2013
TOKYO — Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles for a hybrid-system problem and 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect.
Toyota Motor Corp. said the first recall is for an inverter in the hybrid system for the Lexus RX 400 and the Toyota Highlander models and other hybrids in Japan. About 141,000 vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. and 15,000 in Japan.
The defect might cause an alarm to go off, and the hybrid might stop running.
The second involves 106,000 of the Lexus GS 350 and IS 350, including 106,000 vehicles in North America.
The bolts might loosen, causing the engine to stall, according to the automaker.
Ford large sedans
NEW YORK — Ford is recalling 370,000 cars because potential corrosion to their steering shaft might result in loss of steering.
The cars include the 2005-11 Ford Crown Victoria (including Police Interceptors), Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car.
Dealers will inspect the cars and might replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and if necessary re-secure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.
NEW YORK — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that transmission cooler lines can leak fluid in some 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti JX models, leading to a sudden loss of transmission power.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received reports of problems from five owners. The probe covers an estimated 110,000 cars.
The NHTSA has begun assessing the size and safety-related consequences of the issue. Such probes can often lead to recalls.
– Associated Press