By Frank James
Toyota has recalled early-2003 Toyota Sequoia SUVs for a different kind of acceleration problem than the unintended speedups that caused it recall millions of other vehicles recently.
Toyota said a problem with the electronic traction control system might cause the vehicles to accelerate at a significantly slower speed than drivers expected.
The recall is part of the auto maker's new and improved effort to respond more quickly to consumer complaints after accusations that it dragged it heels following reports of sudden unintended acceleration.
An excerpt from Toyota's news release:
TORRANCE, Calif., April 28, 2010 -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced 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...
... 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."