Software issues with Toyota’s electronic stability control system have forced the company to recall almost 500,000 vehicles, including Lexus models. The system aids drivers by individually applying brakes to help maintain control. Toyota says the issue won’t allow the system to turn on when the car is started.
Which Toyota models are in the recall?
Those models affected by the recall are 2020-2022 models, and cover a wide range of Toyota and Lexus products. A Toyota spokesperson told USA Today, “Due to incorrect programming of the Skid Control ECU software, the VSC will not return to the default ON setting at the next ignition cycle. Unless the precise operating input conditions are followed that will prevent the VSC from returning to the default ON setting at the next ignition cycle, the VSC will automatically return to the default VSC ON setting at any subsequent ignition cycle.”
The Toyota models include:
- RAV4 Hybrid
- RAV4 Prime
- Sienna HV
- Highlander HV
Lexus models include:
What is the fix for the issue?
The fix involves updating the software for the Skid Control ECU. There is no cost to vehicle owners and should take about one hour to complete. Notices will go out to owners by mid-June.
You can check on the status of the recall by going to either Toyota’s recall website or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. When you do you’ll need to have your car’s VIN number for reference.