Gulf States Toyota Incorporated has issued a voluntary recall for specific models of Toyota 4Runner and Sienna automobiles. The affected models were manufactured in 2012, and feature non-factory remote engine starters. These remote engine starter modules were manufactured by Audiovox Electronics. The defective Audiovox Electronics remote engine starter modules can malfunction when attempting to communicate with the automobile’s Controller Area Network, potentially causing necessary communications with the Controller Area Network to cease.
In this state, the vehicle’s electronic stability control and antilock brake system could potentially quit functioning correctly, putting the driver in greater danger of an auto collision. Vehicles in this condition should display corresponding warning lights on the dashboard. Potentially 363 vehicles are affected by this recall. Gulf States Toyota will begin informing owners of affected vehicles in early April. Consumers should return affected vehicles to the original dealership, where the vehicles will be fitted with new remote engine starter modules. Customers seeking more information regarding this recall can contact Toyota or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline.
As a San Bernardino car accident lawyer, I sincerely hope that no one has been injured as a result of this potential vehicle malfunction. If you or someone you care about has been harmed as the result of a defective auto part, please consider discussing your case with a San Bernardino personal injury attorney.