More recall news for Toyota. Today, Toyota announced a voluntary recall to 50,000 early-2003 Model-Year Toyota Sequoias sport utility vehicles to upgrade program logic in its 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.
There have been 160 reports of inappropriate activation of the electronic stability control or the traction control system, but there have been no reported injuries or accidents as a result of the slow down condition. What happened is the VSC system could activate at low speed at around 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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said ealier, “During the activation of either system, the driver loses throttle control and one of more brakes may apply, causing the vehicle to slow suddenly. During these activation events, the brake lights are not illuminated to signal to following traffic that the vehicle is slowing.”
It took Toyota 7 years and $9 billion later to admit the problem and fix the issue.