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April 29, 2010

US: Toyota to recall 50,000 Sequoias on traction sensors

Toyota in the US will recall about 50,000 Sequoia SUVs from the 2003 model year to fix a problem with traction controls.

Toyota in the US will recall about 50,000 Sequoia SUVs from the 2003 model year to fix a problem with traction controls.

The problem is not linked to reports of injuries or crashes, but it involves flaws in the sensors used by the vehicles’ electronic controls. The stability system could cause an unexpected problem with low-speed acceleration, Toyota said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it requested the recall, which comes 18 months after the agency began investigating the accelerator response in early 2003 models.

The NHTSA said that last year it had received 68 complaints from Sequoia owners of their cars slowing down unexpectedly, sometimes in traffic.

Toyota has told federal regulators the problem had two causes, the Detroit Free Press reported. One is a flaw in the programming for the vehicle’s skid-control system that incorrectly judged the steering wheel position at low speeds, causing the skid control to come on for a few seconds as the truck accelerated. The other was because of corrosion in the rear wheels that could cause the truck’s traction control to kick in unnecessarily, also slowing the truck.

Toyota said the new fix would involve reprogramming the skid-control computer.

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