Dual Recalls Issued By Toyota Over Possible Safety Threats

Posted on February 13, 2014

Numerous types of vehicles are being recalled by Toyota for two separate issues, either of which could lead to a crash if a driver is not expecting certain functions of the vehicle to suddenly be turned off.  Consumer Reports explores the dual recalls, which are both related to software problems, in a new report.

Even though it’s the smaller recall of the two, Toyota’s announcement affecting Tacoma, Lexus RX350, and RAV4 automobiles of the 2012 through 2013 model years still pertains to a substantial 260,000 vehicles.  That recall has its genesis in problems with the electronic circuits.  Under the wrong circumstances, the vehicle’s traction and stability control and antilock brake capabilities could drop in and out.  Although it’d still be possible to brake, a driver who was relying on those aforementioned systems could be privy to a heightened crash risk.

The other recall could lead the vehicle to completely stop while it’s in the midst of transit.  That larger recall affects a whopping 1.9 million Prius vehicles of the 2010 through 2014 model years.  A certain software configuration could lead these hybrid vehicles to cease function due to the transistors experiencing heightened stress that triggers a failsafe.

Consumer Reports notes that anyone who experiences such a shutdown situation would be wise to drift to a safe spot on the roadway.  No injuries have reportedly occurred yet, and software updates will be offered to affected users.

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