Toyota Announces Third Computer Related Recall in a Row

The recent Toyota Sequoia recall was the third one in a row this year. As a part of this recall, over fifty thousand 2003 Toyota Sequoia units have been recalled to fix the acceleration problems, due to issues with the Vehicle Stability Control.

Due to improper functioning of the Vehicle Stability Control, the vehicle may not accelerate at the normal pace, as the driver would expect it to which may cause potential disasters when trying to speed on a highway!

Toyota has already announced that they’ll be recalling 9,400 Lexus GX 460 units, just few days back. The recall is again related to the stability control system; but, the problem poses a safety issue, and it has been a matter of great concern amongst the Lexus GX owners. So far many consumer reports watchdogs have designated the vehicle as unsafe.

Apart from these two recalls, over 133,000 2010 Prius models have already been recalled during the month of February, in order to update the vehicle’s antilock brake system software. The current software may lead to disparities in braking performance, and pose potential threat to driver and passengers.

However, what is more interesting is the fact that Toyota had known the issue with Vehicle Stability Control of 2003 Toyota Sequoia, but never made a public recall. The company disclosed that they had been addressing individual requests, and replacing the faulty skid control engine control unit, which is controlled by a state of the art computer.

Software Glitch

The engine control, better known as ECU happens to be an onboard computer, which takes care of the monitoring of performance, acceleration and braking.

Toyota exclaimed that there haven’t been any serious accidents or injuries caused due to this glitch, and hence they did not make a public recall in the past six years.

Toyota Sequoia as well as Lexus GX 460 models have got issues with the stability control unit. And, the issue in case of Lexus GX460 is being labeled to be ‘bad choice of engineering software’, and due to the result of these bad programming settings, while decelerating from highway, the latitude is way too high.

Toyota cleverly changed the course of discussion by exclaiming that the company is committed towards resolving any issue whatsoever with any of their vehicles. Toyota’s chief quality officer Mr. Steve St. Angelo, was quoted as saying “it is a good thing to identify your own faults, and take remedial action before anything actually goes wrong”

The best part of the story is that the company has smartly turned down all allegations of possibilities of computer control problems pertaining to electronic throttle systems, which may cause unintended acceleration levels that can cause potential accidents. Toyota believes that sticky acceleration pedals

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