Toyota announces voluntary recall on 2003 Sequoia

April 29th, 2010 - 1:17 am ICT by BNO News  

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced Wednesday that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on 2003 Sequoia vehicles.

Approximately 50,000 early-2003 Model-Year Toyota Sequoia sport utility vehicles are held to a voluntary recall to upgrade program logic in its Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system.

The VSC system can help control a loss of traction in turns as a result of front or rear tire slippage during cornering. In vehicles without the upgrade, the VSC system could, in limited situations, activate at low speed (approximately 9 mph) for a few seconds after acceleration from a stopped position and, as a result, the vehicle may not accelerate as quickly as the driver expects. There have been no reported injuries or accidents as a result of this condition.

“Toyota is committed to investigating customer complaints more aggressively and to responding quickly to issues we identify in our vehicles. As a result, we are voluntarily launching this recall to ensure that as many 2003 Sequoias as possible are serviced to the full satisfaction of our customers,” Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America, said.

Toyota instituted a running production change during the 2003 model year and published a Technical Service Bulletin to address this issue when it was first identified in fall 2003. Since that time, Toyota has been responding to individual owner concerns by replacing the Skid Control Engine Control Unit in Sequoias impacted by this condition. Of the approximately 50,000 vehicles included in this recall, approximately half have already been serviced under warranty.

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