On February 21, Toyota announced three product recalls.
Toyota is recalling about 280,000 pickups and SUVs in the U.S. because the engine may not disengage entirely when in neutral.
“Certain parts of the transmission may not immediately disengage when the vehicle is shifted to the neutral position,” Toyota said in a statement, which can allow some engine power to continue passing through to the wheels.
As a result, Toyota said the vehicle could “inadvertently creep forward at a low speed when it is on a flat surface and no brakes are applied, leading to an increased risk of a crash”.
The recall includes certain Toyota Tundra, Sequoia and Lexus LX 600 vehicles manufactured between 2022 and 2024.
Toyota said it was recalling another 19,000 vehicles over a software problem that means “the rearview image may not display within the period of time required by certain U.S. safety regulations after the driver shifts the vehicle into reverse, increasing the risk of a crash while backing the vehicle.”
This safety recall involves certain Mirai and Lexus LS, LC, ES models in North America, made between 2023 and 2024.
Approximately 4,000 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid vehicles are also being recalled over safety issues with the head restraints on rear fold-down seats that “increase the risk of injury during certain collisions.”
(multiple sources on February 22, 2024)