Toyota announced earlier in April that it would be recalling approximately 460,000 vehicles across the United States to address a software problem that essentially disables the Vehicle Stability Control system (VSC). The recall applies to vehicle models from 2020 to 2022 and involves both Toyota brands and Lexus models.
When an owner restarts their car, the software error could essentially keep the Vehicle Stability Control system from turning “on.” This could leave the computer-backed system disabled, which is responsible for individually braking wheels to keep drivers in control.
Drivers of Toyota vehicles from model years 2020 to 2022 could be impacted by this recall. This software error crosses Toyota-make lines, resulting in recalls for both Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
Here are the Toyota brands that may be impacted by the recall:
- Highlander HV
- Sienna HV
- RAV4 Hybrid
- RAV4 Prime
The Lexus models that have been flagged for the recall include:
Toyota spokesman, Aaron Fowles, went on record regarding the software issue. He told USA Today, “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.”
Drivers can visit two different recall websites, Toyota Recall and NHTSA Recall, to find out if their vehicle has been impacted by the software issue. Drivers will need to provide their vehicle identification number (VIN) as well as license plate information.
Folwes went on to say, “For all involved vehicles, Toyota and Lexus dealers will update the software of the Skid Control ECU free of charge to customers. Owners of involved vehicles will be notified by the middle of June 2022.”
What Ignoring a Recall Could Lead to
Once a company has issued a recall, some of the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the driver. If, following notice of a recall, a driver fails to take their car in and have the proper work done to ensure the vehicle’s safety, they may face repercussions.
In the event of an accident, a driver that has ignored a manufacturer recall may be held responsible for all or part of the damages, even if the accident was caused by the recalled defect. Nevada is a modified comparative fault state (Nevada Revised Statute 41.141). This means that a person can be at fault and still recover damages, but only if that person is not found by the court to be 50% or more at fault. If a person is found by a court to be more than 50% at fault then they are barred from recovering damages. This might be the case if the person ignored a vehicle recall and the person’s failure to fix the recalled automobile is found to be at least 50% of the reason for the accident. If a person is found to be less than 50% at fault, the person will be able to recover damages reduced by the amount they are found to be at fault
Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
For victims that have been injured in a car accident due to a manufacturer defect, a personal injury attorney will be of vital assistance. A personal injury lawyer can help victims determine damages and which options are available to recoup damages moving forward.