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Issue With Emergency Trunk Release Addressed By Toyota

According to several news agencies, Toyota reported that it will be announcing a service campaign concerning a defect with emergency trunk releases present in about 700,000 vehicles across the country.

The reports show that the 2007 through 2013 Lexus IS and the 2013 Lexus GS models have been presenting issues with these emergency trunk releases.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the interior trunk escape lever may snap off while it’s in use, which could result in the entrapment of an occupant. Since the Consumer Reports reported the issue, Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration worked promptly to identify the root of the problem.

The automaker claimed that the issue will be fully eradicated as soon as authorized dealers replace the vehicle’s ABS plastic release with a unit that will be more resistant made of polypropylene. All affected models still in the factory will also receive the replacement parts.

Hopefully, more automakers will address issues as promptly as Toyota did to prevent injuries and incidents in the near future. Responsible automakers avoid accidents by putting consumer safety ahead of profits. We’re glad to hear Toyota decided to act promptly.

For the full article addressing this issue and how Toyota hopes to repair all affected vehicles, click here to read more.

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