Toyota and its luxury subsidiary Lexus announced that many of its newer vehicles have a Skid Control ECU software flaw that affects the vehicle stability control (VSC) systems. The VSC may not automatically activate when the driver starts the vehicle. This issue means that these vehicles do not meet federal standards for motor vehicle safety.
What is the VSC?
The vehicle stability control is a computerized system that automatically assists in maintaining control of the vehicle when there is a sharp turn or potential for the car or SUV to roll over. The same software prevents vehicles from skidding when drivers slam on the brakes.
What to look for
The dashboard icon is the vehicle with squiggly lines under the tires. It illuminates if the vehicle loses traction. The illuminated icon may also have the word “off” underneath it. Drivers can consult the owner’s manual to engage the software manually – there should be a button that matches the dashboard icon.
Vehicles included in the recall involve traditional, battery and hybrid engines:
- 2020-2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV
- 2020-2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV
- 2020-2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV
- 2020-2022 Toyota Sienna minivan
- 2020-2022 Toyota Venza SUV
- 2020-2022 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan
- 2020-2022 Lexus LS500h sedan
- 2020-2022 Lexus LX600 SUV
- 2020-2022 Lexus NX350h SUV
- 2020-2022 Lexus NX450h+ SUV
The fix is a software update performed by dealerships. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet officially added this recall to its database or the date on the recall notification.
Help is available
Owners who have already experienced damage or injury due to VSC failure may need to contact a lemon law attorney in California. The attorney can also pursue legal action if the dealer or manufacturer is unwilling or unable to resolve this flaw satisfactorily.