Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall on 1 Million Vehicles
Toyota used to have the reputation of being one of the most reliable brands out there, but thanks to recall after recall, that shining reputation is starting to dim. The automaker announced this week that it will issue a voluntary recall on at least 700,000 2010-2014 Prius vehicles in North America to update the motor control and hybrid control ECU software. Toyota is also recalling around 300,000 2012 RAV4, 2012-2013 Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 vehicles to update the skid control ECU software. For the affected Prius vehicles, the current software's settings can result in higher thermal stress in the transistors, which could cause damage and various warning lights to illuminate. This could cause the vehicle to enter a failsafe mode or shut down while in motion, increasing the risk of an accident. The second Toyota recall for select RAV4, Tacoma, and Lexus RX models will address an electronic circuit condition that can cause the anti-lock brakes, traction control, and vehicle stability control functions to turn off. The automaker is advising the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the massive Toyota recall. There have been no accidents or injuries associated with either recall. Owners will be contacted by Toyota directly and will get a free software update. For more information, owners can contact Toyota directly by phone at (800) 331-4331 or online at www.toyota.com/recall. Lexus owners can go to www.lexus.com/recall or reach the Lexus Customer Satisfaction Center by phone at (800) 255-3987. Source: Toyota
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