2004 Lexus GX470 Electronic Stability Control Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2004 Lexus GX470 Electronic Stability Control Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID784736
 Internal NHTSA #10326065
 ManufacurerTOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
 BrandLEXUS
 ModelGX470
 Model Year2004
 File date26/03/10
 ComponentELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemProblem with vsc on my 2004 lexus gx470. I was driving from a ski resort on snow covered road at approx 35-37 mph. The front right wheel hit a pothole and the rear of the vehicle shot sideways and we were headed off the road to the right, then traction control or something kicked in and we shot into oncoming traffic. I tried to steer back into our lane and the rear left again sent us into a sideways skid across the right lane and headed off of the road until the right rear hit a pole. The car continued to move and shot us back into the right traffic lane and i was able to finally gain control and pull over. I had no control of the vehicle and we veered back and forth across the highway for several yards. I have driven in winter conditions for years and have been in slides before, but never where the car changed direction and veered back and forth instead of maintaining the slide trajectory. I am convinced that the sensors are wrong or something is wrong with the vsc and reported my concern to my insurance company and also to the lexus dealership. I took the vehicle to lexus and had them run full diagnostic, including zero point/yaw rate. They reported that there were no issues with the vsc. The tires and brakes checked out too. I have only had this vehicle serviced by lexus, even oil changes. I have been searching this site and others for similar esc/vsc complaints and have found a few, then when the announcement about the vsc problems with the new lexus gx came out, i knew i should report this. There should be an investigation of all lexus gx vsc systems - whether they develop flaws over time or if there is some issue inherent with the system that causes the uncontrolled skids. This is the second time the car has gone into an uncontrolled slide - the first time there were no damages.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure74000
Number of Occurences2
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO
VIN pattern JTJBT20X540XXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?Y
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase26/10/20
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders0
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 Vehicle speed37
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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