295,000 Lexus and Toyota vehicles are being recalled

Article by Anita Panait, on February 18, 2014

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling around 295,000 Lexus and Toyota vehicles -- covering model years 2012-2013 -- around the world as various safety systems like stability control and anti-lock brakes could become inoperative. Toyota is issuing the recall as an electrical component in the brake actuator may experience heighten resistance, according to documents filed with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The event could result to reduced vehicle control and an increased risk of a crash since various safety systems like traction control become inoperative.

A Toyota spokesman said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue. Around 261,114 of the 295,000 vehicles being recalled were sold in the US and the rest exported to other markets, a spokeswoman said.

The affected unit sold globally include around 57,000 Lexus RX350 crossovers and about 109,000 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks, both from model years 2012 and 2013 as well as 129,000 Toyota RAV4 SUVs from model year 2012. According to the NHTSA documents, in the United states, affected units involve 54,010 RX350s, 100,052 Tacomas and 107,052 RAV4s. Toyota and Lexus dealers will update the software for the skid control electronic unit free of charge.

Since the Toyota RAV4’s first generation was unveiled in Europe in 1994, more than a million customers have come to appreciate its versatility, maneuverability, and compactness, which are combined with the reliability of the segment’s most advanced 4-wheel drive system.

Even though the share of compact SUVs in the European market stayed steady at below 5% of the total vehicle sales, the SUV segment has attracted a new batch of customers whose SUV purchase would represent a more emotional proposition, rather than a rational one.

These customers value high-driving position, versatility, sense of security, and interior roominess that a compact SUV promises and delivers, but they have less requirements and expectation from a 4WD. They also place more importance on sophisticated and distinctive styling, fuel efficient and environment-friendly performance, and premium quality interior design, all of which are combined with an engaging driving experience.

The new and expanded RAV4 model range fulfils all of the customers’ demands without sacrificing any of core values of the carmaker’s compact SUV.

New RAV4 features a more sophisticated chrome-accented front design, which emphasizes its stable stance and wide track. Toyota RAV4 means Recreational Active Vehicle with Four-Wheel Drive and instantly identifies itself as the latest member of the Toyota family.

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