Faulty Collision Avoidance System Prompts Recall from Toyota

Faulty Collision Avoidance System Prompts Recall from Toyota
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November 20, 2015

Toyota is issuing a recall for sedans with malfunctioning crash detection systems.

The auto manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid vehicles and 2013-2015 Lexus ES350 and ES300h vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a Pre-Collision System (PCS) as optional equipment. In these vehicles, the PCS may unexpectedly activate and apply the brakes when the radar detects a steel joint or plate in the roadway as an object.

A vehicle that unexpectedly brakes increases the risk of a crash.

Toyota is including more than 30,000 vehicles in this recall.

Remedy parts for a permanent fix for this issue are not yet available. Beginning November 16, 2015, Toyota sent owners an interim notification and dealers will temporarily disable the PCS. When the improved PCS components are available for the permanent remedy, owners will be mailed a second notification. These repairs will be performed free of charge.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Toyota customer service at (888) 270-9371.