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Toyota Issues Recall on 2003 Sequoia SUV

April 29, 2010

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. announced Wednesday it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 50,000 early-2003 Model-Year Toyota Sequoia sport utility vehicles to upgrade program logic in its vehicle stability control (VSC) system.

The VSC system can help control a loss of traction in turns as a result of front or rear tire slippage during cornering. In vehicles without the upgrade, the VSC system could, in limited situations, activate at low speed (approximately 9 mph) for a few seconds after acceleration from a stopped position and, as a result, the vehicle may not accelerate as quickly as the driver expects. There have been no reported injuries or accidents as a result of this condition.

Toyota instituted a running production change during the 2003 model year and published a technical service bulletin to address this issue when it was first identified in fall 2003.  Since that time, Toyota has been responding to individual owner concerns by replacing the skid control engine control unit in Sequoias impacted by this condition. Of the approximately 50,000 vehicles included in this recall, approximately half have already been serviced under warranty.

2003 Toyota Sequoia

Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America, said: "Toyota is committed to investigating customer complaints more aggressively and to responding quickly to issues we identify in our vehicles. As a result, we are voluntarily launching this recall to ensure that as many 2003 Sequoias as possible are serviced to the full satisfaction of our customers."

Toyota provides comprehensive recall information after the Sequoia recall press release here. The information includes specific recall notices on the 2003 Sequoia, 2010 Lexus GX 460, 1998-2010 Sienna, 2010 Tacoma, 2010 Prius/2010 Lexus HS 250h/Camry, sticking accelerator pedal, potential floor mat interference with the accelerator pedal, and statements from congressional hearings.

For more recall information, visit www.toyota.com/recall or call Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331.

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