If you drive a Toyota in Los Angeles, now may be the time to look into the recalls out on vehicles like yours. Toyota made the news in mid-April because approximately 460,000 vehicles have stability control issues that could prevent the computer from individually braking wheels to help drivers stay in control.
The problem with the vehicle is a software issue that may disable the electronic stability control system. As a result, a driver who is attempting to stop quickly or maneuver while braking may find that they do not have as much control as usual and could lose control of their vehicle.
The fix for the issue is relatively straightforward: Toyota dealers will update the vehicle’s software, effectively eliminating the bug and returning the vehicle to full working order.
Who is affected by the Toyota recall?
As of mid-April, vehicles including models made between 2020 and 2022 are impacted. They include the:
- Sienna Hybrid
- Highlander Hybrid
- RAV4 Prime
- RAV4 Hybrid
- Lexus LS500h, LX600, NX350h and NX450h-plus
Is it safe to use your vehicle until you can get the recall fixed?
The incorrect programming of the Skid Control ECU software means that the system won’t return to its default when you start your vehicle. It won’t happen to all vehicles, because specific inputs have to be made to lead to the program failing to reset.
Toyota hasn’t said that this will make the vehicles dangerous to drive, but owners should be aware that they may have less control over their vehicle if they need to brake. Toyota and Lexus plan to update the software for free in June, and Toyota has said that it should take only around an hour to fix the error.
If you have a recalled vehicle, it may be helpful to look into driving another vehicle for a short time. Otherwise, being aware of the risk of the system not working can help you prepare to stop sooner or, in the case of a car crash, understand why the vehicle malfunctioned. If you’re hurt, this information could help you make a claim to cover your financial losses.