Toyota is recalling about 460,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix a software problem that can inadvertently disable the electronic stability control system.
The software error could prevent the “vehicle stability control system” from automatically turning on when the car is restarted, according to a statement by the company.
That can disable the system, which uses a computer to individually brake wheels to help drivers keep control.
The recall covers the 2020 to 2022 model years in the U.S. and involves these Toyota brands:
- RAV4 Hybrid
- RAV4 Prime
- Sienna HV
- Highlander HV
And these Lexus models:
Aaron Fowles, a Toyota spokesman, described the problem, “Due to an incorrect programming of the Skid Control ECU software, the VSC will not return to the default ON setting at the next ignition cycle. Unless the precise operating input conditions are followed that will prevent the VSC from returning to the default ON setting at the next ignition cycle, the VSC will automatically return to the default VSC ON setting at any subsequent ignition cycle.”
Customers can check if their vehicle is involved in a safety recall by visiting Toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information.
“For all involved vehicles, Toyota and Lexus dealers will update the software of the Skid Control ECU free of charge to customers,” the statement reads. “Owners of involved vehicles will be notified by the middle of June 2022.”
The update should take about an hour, Fowles said.