Toyota PH recalls RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus NX over stability control issue
Toyota’s strong reputation for build quality and reliability is once again put to the test. After issuing a recall for certain GR Yaris units following a critical safety sensor error, the automaker has issued another recall campaign, this time affecting certain Lexus NX HEV and RAV4 HEV models.
Based on the recall notice (AKA: Special Service Campaign) from Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) submitted to the Department of Commerce and Industry (DTI), a total of 132 officially sold vehicles are affected. It consists of 40 units of the NX HEV and 92 units of the RAV4 HEV. In the global market, the production period of the affected vehicles is from October 8, 2019 to April 7, 2022.
The main issue surrounding the recall involves the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) Skid Control ECU found in both the RAV4 and NX. Due to incorrect software programming after a particular set of driver operation inputs, the VSC may not return to the default “ON” setting the next time the vehicle is turned off. This can happen if the driver manually turns VSC off and the ignition is turned off and then back on while the brake pedal is still depressed.
If the driver forgets to activate VSC while driving, it may increase the risk of an accident in certain driving conditions. But why is VSC so important? From its namesake, VSC is an important safety feature that works automatically to help the driver maintain control of the car during tricky steering maneuvers. This feature can help prevent oversteer and understeer, as well as reduce the risk of a rollover.
TMP will resolve the VSC issue at no cost to its customers. Affected customers will only need to take their vehicles to the nearest Toyota dealership to have them checked and/or repaired.
If you have recently purchased a Lexus NX HEV or RAV4 HEV, it is better to visit your nearest Toyota dealership or Lexus Manila in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) to have your vehicle inspected for the VSC problem.