Toyota recalls 50,000 2003 Sequoia SUVs to upgrade stability control system

2003 Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Motors Sales U.S.A., Inc., announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 50,000 early-2003 Toyota Sequoia SUV 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,” Toyota said in a statement. “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 said that it 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 then, Toyota has responded to individual customer concerns by replacing the Skid Control Engine Control Unit in Sequoias impacted by this condition. Of the approximately 50,000 vehicles included in the recall, approximately half have already been serviced under warranty.

– By: Omar Rana