• Dec 8, 2006
In addition to the recalls announced by Volkswagen today, we should all tell you about a recall Toyota issued on Wednesday for check engine lights in some 60,700 Highlanders built from 2001 through 2003 and 159,100 RAV4s built in 2001 and 2002. The Malfunction Indicator, as it's called by sticklers, can light up when there's no underlying problem with the vehicle due to an issue with the software on the ECM. There have been 80 reported cases of this happening.
Of course, recalls don't exist in Toyota-land. Here they're called Special Service Campaigns, a description that must've been invented by a suit in marketing because it sounds like something fun to do, like a Jeep Jamboree or something. Nevertheless, a recall is what Toyota announced on Wednesday, even if it is for something as minor as a wonky check engine light.

Full press release can be found after the jump.

[Source: Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE:

Toyota Announces "Check Engine" Light Special Service Campaign On Certain Toyota Highlander and RAV4 Sport Utility Vehicles

12/06/2006 Torrance, CA

December 6, 2006 - Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., will launch a voluntary Special Service Campaign involving approximately 60,700 four-cylinder Highlander sport utility vehicles from the 2001 through 2003 model year and 159,100 RAV4 sport utility vehicles from the 2001 and 2002 model year. The Malfunction Indicator Light, also known as the "check engine" light, on certain RAV4 and Highlander may inadvertently illuminate due to an issue with the program logic in the Engine Control Module (ECM). This light does not affect the operation of the vehicle. The affected RAV4 and Highlander were produced from July 24, 2000 to August 22, 2003.

There have been 80 cases of this condition reported in the Highlander and RAV4. Toyota will mail to owners of the involved vehicles a Service Campaign notification via first class mail in mid-December.

Owners are requested to contact their local Toyota dealer for reprogramming of the ECM with improved logic. Reprogramming will be done at no charge to the owners of the vehicle and will take approximately 30 minutes, depending on the dealer's work schedule. No parts replacement is necessary to complete the campaign.

Customers with questions or concerns should contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      How much money did Toyota scam from people on this pre-meditated service issue. Sure, laugh, but I am sure it goes on today so the back-end is making money. And sure it was probably under warranty but not everyone understands their warranty.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota to recall 269,000 vehicles to fix crankshaft sensor
      http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/379219

      Toyota Recalls 75000 Prius Vehicles!http://digg.com/tech_news/Toyota_Recalls_75,000_Prius_Vehicles_

      Is Toyota trying to sneak in a recall under the radar? - Autoblog
      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/06/29/is-toyota-trying-to-sneak-in-a-recall-under-the-radar/

      • 8 Years Ago
      This is just the tip of the iceberg!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota already famous company.
      They hide thier product defect.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this is not an recall, because it has nothing to do with safety... It is Toyota going out of their way to satisfy their customers.

      How many companies would fix something like this outside warranty period? Nobody.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Far faster than GM or Ford. Why? Because they will become common, people will tire of them, someting better will come along and they will stagger under their own weight as most huge corporations do."

      So the demise of Ford and GM is slower because their cars are worse, and the demise of Toyota will be faster because their cars are bland. What possible logic is that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok #24, so you want to talk about the attitude of Toyota owners...OK

      But what about all those COSTCO shopers who buy pickup trucks from GM and FRAUD.....you know, a construction vehicle to shop for food. What about these people? Do they have small balls? You know to show everyone how tough they are, "YEAHHHH, i need to tow 20 LBs of Chicken Wings, and the old Missus needs all the tampons she can get, it's that time of the month again...no not the lady time...time to do yet another fix on my tank, yeahhhh my F-550 rules, i am cool, i am really a deadbeat who never read a book in his life, but hey i own a cook truck"
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's no BIG deal for all you haters out there. We have a '98 Accord that has the same problem. Other than that, it runs flawless!!! It's just a bitch when it comes time get the emmissions done. I think that it is just a way for you to take your car to the dealership. They charge $90 for a diagnostic test and reset your computer. Not a Yota fan but NO BIG DEAL!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12 Later found to be complete BS
      • 8 Years Ago
      What horrors do you speak of #8? I have a 97 Ford with over 208,000 trouble free miles-if that is a "horror" I will take it any day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      My check engine lite was on, the dealer said I had a problem the carbon carbon cannister. 3 days later I had to have the car towed to the dealer, guess what THE BLOCK WAS CRACKED. The dealer tried to tell me the car did not have any Oil in it and did not know why. Let's see, the dealer had the car 3 days before this all happened. The end result was they fixed the car, gave me a REBILT engine and I had to PAY $2700. Think I kept the car Not on your life. I am looking into suing Toyota!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      So much for Consumer Reports proclaiming Toyota as flawless.
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