Toyota is recalling over 450,000 vehicles in the United States over a software issue that could increase the risk of accidents. This is the second recall this year associated with computer system issues for the company.
According to the reports, the automaker learned that impacted vehicles come with software that can potentially disable the electronic stability control system. If this occurs and the car is restarted, the system won’t go back into the “on” mode. In this scenario, the vehicle’s computer won’t aid the driver in improving stability while braking, increasing the risk of a crash.
Impacted vehicles include the 2020 to 2022 Toyota brand Venza, Mirai, RAV4 Hybrid, RAV4 Prime, Sienna Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid, as well as the Lexus brand LS500h, LX600, NX350h, and NX450h-plus vehicles.
In order to help drivers prevent accidents, the company will notify impacted vehicle owners by mid-June and will then repair the vehicles by updating the software.
Toyota Recalled Thousands Of Vehicles Last Month Over Similar Issues
This is the second recall launched by Toyota in 2022 over computer system issues.
In March, Toyota announced a recall impacting over 36,000 vehicles that were fitted with radar sensors that don’t function as intended, making the pre-collision system (PCS) inoperative. With a malfunctioning PCS, the driver doesn’t get a malfunctioning indicator in case of a problem. Additionally, the braking assist can fail, increasing the risk of an accident.
Impacted drivers should have received recall notifications in the mail by early April.
Avoid Accidents: Respond To Auto Recalls Promptly
According to official estimates, almost 16 million cars, trucks, and SUVs in the U.S. have open recalls. While in many cases drivers are not aware that their cars have been recalled because automakers don’t have their updated contact information, others are aware but choose to postpone getting their vehicles fixed.
If your car has an open recall, avoid accidents and injuries by contacting the automaker and learning more about the issue. Follow their instructions and, if possible, schedule a visit to a dealership as soon as possible to have your vehicle repaired.
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