Certain new RAV4, Lexus RX 350 and ES 350 models have to come back to dealers to check their stability systems that might fail.
Toyota announced this week that it was recalling 4,170 RAV4 SUVs, 90 models of RX350 and around 12,400 units of ES350, a safety campaign issued only in the United States and involving model year 2016 vehicles. The problem discovered by the automaker affects the brake actuator assembly that controls the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control (TRAC), and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), among others. In a notice to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyota said there was a possibility that a component inside the actuator could have been damaged during the manufacturing process, preventing it from properly working. And if the actuator fails, the car could have serious stability control issues. All known owners of the affected models will be notified by first class mail and Toyota and Lexus dealers will check the serial number of the part and replace the actuator if it is corresponding with the defective batch.
The 2016 Lexus RX 350 is part of another recall issued in January, over a faulty driver’s knee airbag, which is not related to the ongoing Takata airbag crisis. Around 2.9 million RAV4 SUVs are also involved in a separate global safety campaign over some seatbelts issues, targeting older 2005-2014 models though.