Toyota Recall: Toyota Voluntary Recalls Toyota Prius, RAV4, Tacoma and Lexus RX 350 Vehicles For Software Updates

By on Feb 13, 2014 in Automobile, United States, World Comments

Toyota Motor Corporation on Wednesday voluntary recalls Toyota Prius vehicles, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma and Lexus RX 350 vehicles.

According to its press release on February 12, 2014, “Toyota will update the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU software on certain Model Year 2010-2014 Prius vehicles” due to a programming glitch in their hybrid system.

Toyota said that the current software settings of recalled Prius vehicles “could result in higher thermal stress in certain transistors, potentially causing them to become damaged. If this happens, various warning lights will illuminate and the vehicle can enter a failsafe mode. In rare circumstances, the hybrid system might shut down while the vehicle is being driven, resulting in the loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop.”

Furthermore, software update is also the reason for recalling the Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma, and Lexus RX 350 vehicles. As quoted on their statement, “Toyota will update the skid control ECU software on certain 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 models in order to address an electronic circuit condition that can cause the Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Brake, and Traction Control functions to intermittently turn off. If these systems are off, standard braking operation remains fully functional.”

Owners affected on these recalls will receive a software update free of charge and will be notified by first class mail as soon the software updates are available at their dealers store.

Meanwhile, Toyota also said that there were no accidents or injuries reported related to the defect.

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