Toyota recalls 50,000 2003 Sequoia SUVs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it will recall the Sequoia SUVs in order to adjust a control system that drivers say is too aggressive. According to NHTSA, 50,000 of the 2003 Sequoias are involved in the recall and the vehicle has been investigating the defect since 2008.

"We have customer complaints dating back to 2003" that vehicle stability control "kicked in at times it shouldn't have, maybe too early," said Hanson, based at Toyota's U.S. sales unit in Torrance, Calif.

The good news is that neither Toyota nor NHTSA received reports of accidents which involved the control flaw. The fix for this problem, consists in upgrading the program logic in its Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system. Here is what Toyota said about this problem: "The VSC system can help control a loss of traction in turns as a result of front or rear tire slippage during cornering.

In vehicles without the upgrade, the VSC system could, in limited situations, activate at low speed (approximately 9 mph) for a few seconds after acceleration from a stopped position and, as a result, the vehicle may not accelerate as quickly as the driver expects. There have been no reported injuries or accidents as a result of this condition."

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