A bug in the software the software that controls Toyota iQ’s Electric Power Steering (EPS) system forced the company to announce to recall a number cars in Britain. The affected cars are produced between 11 September 2008 and 22 October 2010, approximately 12,000 UK registered vehicles.
Here’s an explanation of the issue: “When driving on certain roadside safety side strips or ‘rumble strips’, signals received by the EPS sensors may be incorrectly interpreted by the EPS control unit, triggering the EPS warning light. Should this happen, the driver would need to apply extra effort to steer the vehicle.”
The repair involves the update or replacement of the EPS control unit software. The job will take approximately two hours to complete, at no cost to the customer.
Jon Williams, Managing Director of Toyota GB PLC, said, “We are committed to putting the customer first and have a total focus on the quality of all our products. We will liaise with our customers to carry out the repair procedures as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption.”