Lexus Recalls 2021-2022 NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrids Due to Potential Fire Risk
Who would’ve thought a fancy hybrid car could be a potential fire hazard? But hey, better safe than sorry, right?
Oh, crikey! Lexus has had a bit of a snag with their fancy schmancy NX 450h+ plug-in hybrids. They’ve had to recall 154 of them because of a dodgy DC-DC converter that could cause a sparky situation. Ya don’t want your car bursting into flames, mate!
According to Lexus, the problem lies with the DC-DC converter in the plug-in hybrid system of the affected vehicles. This converter is responsible for decreasing the voltage from the Hybrid Vehicle (HV) battery to charge the car’s 12V battery. But it turns out that some of these converters may have been damaged during production, which could cause a short circuit. And nobody wants a short circuit, especially when it comes with the potential for a fire!
See, the thing is, the damaged converters have this current rectifying module on the circuit board, and if it’s all smashed up, the module can’t do its job properly. So, when you’re cruising down the Aussie highways and your car starts generating some serious heat, things can get pretty dicey. Excessive heat can cause components within and outside the converter to get all mucked up, and that increases the likelihood of a fiery situation. And let’s face it, mate, you don’t want your car turning into a barbie!
But don’t worry, Lexus has got your back. They’re taking this recall seriously and will be contacting owners of the affected vehicles. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, just get in touch with your local Lexus dealership, and they’ll sort you out with a brand spankin’ new DC-DC charger, free of charge. Now that’s the kind of service we like to see!
Now, replacing the charger shouldn’t take too long. Lexus estimates it’ll only be about 75 minutes. Of course, that depends on how busy your local dealership is, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind, right?
In the meantime, if your vehicle is one of the affected ones, Lexus kindly asks that you don’t use the AC plug-in charger until the repair has been done. But don’t worry, you can still hit the road without charging your car. It’s not like you’re gonna be stranded without any wheels!
If you have any questions or concerns, you can always give your local dealership or the Lexus Customer Assistance Centre a buzz. They’ll be more than happy to help you out, mate.
- Recall affects 154 Lexus 2021-2022 NX 450h+ plug-in hybrids
- Issue with DC-DC converter could lead to short circuit and thermal damage
- Lexus will contact affected owners
- Free replacements available at Lexus dealerships
- AC plug-in charger should not be used until repair is completed
So there you have it. If you’re the lucky owner of a 2021-2022 NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid, you might want to pay attention. Lexus has issued a recall for 154 of these beauties due to a potential fire risk caused by a faulty DC-DC converter. But don’t stress, Lexus has your back and will replace the charger for free. Just give your dealership a call and they’ll sort you out. And remember, until the repair is done, put that AC plug-in charger on hold, alright? Happy driving, mate!