The Toyota Sequoia was Toyota’s answer to General Motors’ Tahoe/Yukon, as well as the Suburban/Yukon XL, essentially splitting the difference. A more fair comparison would be the Ford Expedition/EL, although whenever it debut, Ford had their massive Excursion. It was one trying to get to the back seat!
Anyways, I have complied a total Toyota recall comprehensive list that covers the entire lifespan of the Toyota Sequoia. I included the 2001 model year, because that was when the Sequoia debuted, and I didn’t see the need to exclude that to keep in line with the other vehicles.
Before I get on with the Toyota recall list, I want to let everyone know that I’ve listed two major recalls that also affect the Sequoia, which can be found here, and here. So with that in mind, here’s the list!
2001-2002, 2004-2007 Sequoia: Cardone master cylinders with date codes lower than DCA7078 sold as a replacement part has the master cylinder seal that can fail and leak brake fluid. This could cause a loss in brake performance and increase the risk of the vehicle being involved in a crash.
2002-2004 Sequoia: the surface of the lower ball joint in the front suspension is susceptible to scratching; this may result in the ball joint having excessive wear and the loosening of, which may result in increased difficulty of steering the vehicle, and ultimately loss of steering control.
2003 Sequoia (vehicles manufactured between April 1, 2002 through April 17, 2003): the centre position of the Steering Angle Sensor, otherwise known as the SAS, may not be stored correctly. This is due to the logic that was stored in the Skid ECU programming improperly. What may happen as a result of this is that the Vehicle Skid Control (commonly known as the VSC) system could activate at low speeds, provided that the vehicle begins to accelerate from a standing position. In other words, if the transmission is engaged from Park to Drive, or if the driver takes their foot off of the brake (regardless if it’s on a level surface or not). In the event that something like this would occur, the vehicle will not accelerate as quickly as it would with the VSC turned off. If you’re attempting to cross a busy road/pull out in traffic and this happens, this may increase the result of the vehicle being involved in a crash.
2004-2007 Sequoia: similar to the 2002-2004 Sequoia, but with these particular vehicles, they may experience an incidental deterioration of the internal lubrication, due to the improper finishing of the front suspension lower ball joint. Over time, as with the earlier Sequoias, the vehicle may become more difficult to steer, and ultimately resulting in a loss of steering, thus increasing the risk of the vehicle being involved in a crash.
2008-2011 Sequoia: Whenever the factory-installed wheels and tyres were replacing with the Toyota-authorised accessory wheels and tyres prior to the first sale (dealerships taking delivery of the vehicle and selling it to the consumer, before they take delivery of the vehicle), the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) was not re-calibrated properly, resulting in the system not illuminating a warning if the tyre(s) did not have the minimum amount of air pressure in them (per the tyre manufacturer’s settings). If the correct tyre pressure is not illuminated, the driver may not know what it is, and it could lead to comprised control of the vehicle, as well as an increase in the risk of a crash.
If you’re not sure if your vehicle has a recall issued for it, you can contact your local Toyota dealership and provide them with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), located in the lower right hand corner of the windshield. Be sure to check back with Toyota Deathwatch Updates for all of the latest total recall and major Toyota news!
News Sources: Motor Trend and ConsumerGuide Auto