Recall Alert — Toyota Recalls 121,000 Highlanders.

April 30, 2009
By: Robert Silverman

Inside Line is reporting that Toyota is recalling 121,000 2008 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles in the U.S. because an optional stainless-steel exhaust tip may fall off

“Due to improper heat treatment, the original clamp used to secure the stainless-steel exhaust tip to the exhaust pipe may develop microscopic cracks,” said Toyota Motor Sales USA in a statement. “If this occurs, the crack may expand, causing the clamp to break, and in the worst case, the exhaust tip may fall off.”

The Japanese automaker said there have been 10 reports of incidences of this condition in the U.S. It estimated that there are about 39,100 accessory kits that may be affected. “Because this accessory is installed at the Toyota vehicle processing centers and dealers, and is available over the counter, all of approximately 121,000 vehicle owners will be notified,” Toyota said.

The recall is expected to begin in early May. Owners can contact Toyota at (800) 331-4331.

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