Toyota to recall about 50,000 Sequoia SUVs; about 1,500 in Canada affected

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Toyota Motor Corp. announced a recall today of 50,000 Sequoia sport utility vehicles in the United States and Canada to fix an unexpected slowing of the vehicle in the latest safety problem to hit the Japanese automaker.
Toyota said the recall of certain 2003 models would address the vehicle's electronic stability control system, which helps maintain traction during turning.
In some cases, the stability control in vehicles could active at low speed and prevent the SUV from accelerating as quickly as the driver expects, the company said.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been investigating the issue and Toyota said it decided to recall the vehicles to address the government's concerns.
The automaker said it had no reports of accidents or injuries connected to the issue and about half of the vehicles had already been repaired under warranty.
About 1,500 of the vehicles are being recalled in Canada.
"Toyota is voluntarily launching this recall as part of our commitment to investigating customer complaints more aggressively and to responding quickly to issues we identify in our vehicles," Toyota Canada Inc. said in a news release.
All affected customers will be notified of the recall by first-class mail at the end of May, it said.
Toyota has recalled more than eight million vehicles worldwide - including more than 270,000 in Canada - since October because of acceleration problems in multiple models and braking issues in the Prius hybrid. The company recently agreed to pay a record US$16.4-million fine to the U.S. government for a slow response to problems with sticking gas pedals.
In the Sequoia case, Toyota said it issued a production change during the 2003 model year to address the stability control problem and published a technical service bulletin to dealers in fall 2003.
Owners who have complained about the problem since then have had the skid control engine control unit replaced by dealers and the company said about half have been repaired under warranty.
Toyota said owners who paid to have the work done will be reimbursed.
NHTSA spokeswoman Julia Piscitelli said Toyota was "co-operating with NHTSA's request to issue a safety recall" of the 2003 Sequoia. During the past 1 1/2 years, she said NHTSA and Toyota have received 163 complaints about the problem.
The company said owners who paid for the fix should mail a copy of their repair order to the company's U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., for reimbursement consideration.

Organizations: Toyota Canada Inc., U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA

Geographic location: Canada, United States, Washington Torrance, Calif.

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  • Nick
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Domestics have the same problems. Example... 1:50,000 Toyotas have had reports of problem brakes. The exact same problem occurence in Ford is 1:65,000. That's still in the same order of magnitude. It's the media which determine what people are aware of, like Mary above. The difference is, who do you think will try harder to remedy the problems ? While the Big 3 are busy flying private jets to Senate meetings asking for handouts, Mr. Toyoda can't stop apologizing to his customers and Toyota sales are up 22% this quarter over last year's same quarter.

    Who do you trust ?

  • Mary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Jap Scrap, people.......buy domestic!

  • b
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Mary from NL writes: Jap Scrap, people.......buy domestic!
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    what a bigotted remark!

    I bought domestic, and I am in a world of regret for it now.

  • Nick
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Domestics have the same problems. Example... 1:50,000 Toyotas have had reports of problem brakes. The exact same problem occurence in Ford is 1:65,000. That's still in the same order of magnitude. It's the media which determine what people are aware of, like Mary above. The difference is, who do you think will try harder to remedy the problems ? While the Big 3 are busy flying private jets to Senate meetings asking for handouts, Mr. Toyoda can't stop apologizing to his customers and Toyota sales are up 22% this quarter over last year's same quarter.

    Who do you trust ?

  • Mary
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Jap Scrap, people.......buy domestic!

  • b
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Mary from NL writes: Jap Scrap, people.......buy domestic!
    ==============================

    what a bigotted remark!

    I bought domestic, and I am in a world of regret for it now.