Toyota Motor Corp has said that it will recall about 34,000 vehicles worldwide to address potential rollover problems stemming from insufficient activation of the vehicle stability control system.
The 34,000 vehicles include 13,000 Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and 21,000 Land Cruiser Prado cars.
The recall affects all Lexus GX 460 SUVs sold around the world, including about 9,400 units in the United States and 1,000 units each in Russia and Oman.
The Land Cruiser Prados being recalled are among left-hand-drive models, Toyota said. They include 4,400 units in Oman, 4,000 units in Russia and 1,500 units in the United Arab Emirates, it said, adding that no right-hand-drive models are being recalled.
“In circumstances in which advanced driving skills are required...the vehicle could slide sideways, due to insufficient activation of the VSC,” Toyota said in a statement.
The auto maker said it will update the VSC programme to enhance the effectiveness of the VSC system as a remedy.
Toyota took the step after US magazine Consumer Reports issued a “Don't buy” warning last week for the Lexus GX 460, saying the vehicle is at risk of rolling over when drivers make turns at high speed. Toyota has since suspended global sales of the SUV.
The VSC system helps control loss of traction in turns as a result of front or rear wheel slippage during cornering, Toyota said.
The auto maker on Monday agreed to a record $16.4-million fine for its slow response to sticking gas pedals — the equivalent of a little more than $2 for every vehicle the company sold around the globe in 2009.
But the fine, the maximum under the law, could be simply a downpayment in the long run: The Japanese auto giant still faces dozens of private lawsuits, which have been combined before a federal judge in Santa Ana, California.