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Wed June 29, 2011
Toyota recalls 82,200 hybrid vehicles in the U.S.
Toyota is recalling 82,200 of its hybrid vehicles made in the United States.
The recall involves 2006 and 2007 Highland and Lexus brand SUVS due to possibly faulty wiring. The problem could cause the vehicles to lose power or shut off entirely.
Bill Visnick, with Edmunds.com, says this recall is significant, given how few hybrids are sold nationwide in a year.
He says the recall is kind of a black mark on hybrids, since a lot of people are wary about them to begin with:
"When you see something like this which could potentially cause the car to stop, or cause you to not have power, that seems to be one of those things that’s very drastic and might be something that might alarm people."
About 3% of all vehicle sales in the U.S. last year were hybrids.
Toyota recalled some of its Prius hybrid models earlier this month.