By David Thomas
Vehicles Affected: 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks; 2012 Toyota RAV4 SUVs and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 SUVs also are among the 260,000 affected vehicles.
The Problem: An electronic circuit condition can cause vehicle stability control, antilock brakes and traction control to turn off intermittently. Basic braking would still function but not the added safety systems in these conditions. There are no reports of accidents or injuries due to the malfunction.
The Fix: The cars will receive a software update at the dealer.
What Should Owners Do: A timeframe for the recall has not been released yet, but Toyota will contact all owners by mail. Concerned owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331, Lexus at 800-255-3987,the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
Additional reporting by Kelsey Mays.