Toyota is recalling 31,000 vehicles to fix their Pre-Collision Systems which could malfunction, brake unexpectedly and increase the risk of a crash. The recall impacts the 2013-2015 Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Lexus ES350 and ES300h sedans.
Toyota says under certain situations, the PCS (Pre-Collision System) could interpret a steel joint or plate in the roadway as an object that triggers PCS activation. If this occurs, the PCS warning buzzer sounds and the system may apply the service brake automatically. This unexpected braking could increase the risk of a crash.
For all involved vehicles, the PCS function will be disabled as an interim remedy. As the permanent remedy, Toyota dealers will replace PCS components with improved ones.
For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, Toyota says customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site SaferCar.gov. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.