Toyota suspends Prado sales

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 by
The safety concerns focus on the VX and VX-L models of the 2010 Prado

The safety concerns focus on the VX and VX-L models of the 2010

has announced that sales of the Land Cruiser Prado have been suspended across the Middle East because of safety fear.

The decision affects the VX and VX-L models of the 2010 Prado that are fitted with Vehicle Stability Control and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. Other models remain unaffected.

The latest suspension of sales follows the decision to take the Lexus GX 460 off sale in the region, following concerns from the US that the VSC system was unsafe.

Simon Frith, managing director of UAE distributors Al Futtaim Motors, said an investigation by Toyota had found the same concern with the Prado.

“We therefore have temporarily suspended sales of the affected vehicles,” he said. “We will be contacting all our Prado VX and VX-L customers to explain the situation and keep them updated as more information becomes available. We will also provide a courtesy car to any Prado VX and VX-L customer who is concerned about driving their vehicle.”

UAE customers with further questions can contact the Al Futtaim Customer Care Team on 04 206 6002 between 8am and 6pm. Customers across the Middle East are urged to contact their local dealers.

Update: Al Futtaim has released a statement saying that the remedy for both the GX460, and Prado VX and VX-L models involve reprogramming one of the vehicle’s control units. Simon Frith said: “This reprogramming procedure is currently under development and we will update all affected customers with the progress of this enhancement. I can also confirm that there are 367 Prado VX and VX-Ls sold by Al-Futtaim Motors requiring this reprogramming.”

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