really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,241 miles

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problem #71

Aug 132011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
On August 13, 2011 while traveling on I-75 South of atlanta a vehicle left the road & attempted to return and over corrected, he struck our Sequoia with such force in the rear driver side passenger door that the rear of the our Sequoia immediately turned sideways and we begin to flip. After flipping we landed on the passenger side and slid approx 1/4 of a mile before coming to resting place in the median on the passengers side. My wife &13 year old son were severely injured, myself and my other 2 sons sustained injuries but none were life threatening. Neither my wife's nor my sons seat belt locked and once the windows blew out my son was dragged down the interstate causing severe injuries to his head, back, arm and leg. My wife sustained worse injuries, her arm 6 inches & 6 inches below her elbow was cut off. None of the side curtain airbags deployed and neither seatbelt "fired" properly allowing my wife and son to sustain life altering injuries. No one doubts that if the safety features we paid additional $ for had functioned properly, the outcome could have been much better. Soon after the accident I contacted Toyota to have the incident investigated. An "independent" investigator read the vehicle edr (blackbox) soon thereafter I received a letter stating that Toyota had no responsibility. When I called and spoke to the Toyota rep that signed the letter, he was immediately on the defensive. He yelled and tried using intimidation techniques to get me to "go away". my wife is now permanently disabled and unable to work as an rn. I have owned 7 Toyota vehicles & paid extra for the side curtain airbags, we as consumers have been deceived by Toyota selling us on safety and reliability. I will never own another Toyota. I take every opportunity to tell other perspective car purchasers my story & the failure of Toyota to take care of their loyal owners. Buyer beware.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #70

Apr 152013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Loyal Toyota owner. All of a sudden beeping, grinding noise, vsc/trac light goes on, passenger front brake locks & very difficult to control the vehicle pulling to one side. The speed was estimated at 35-50 mph, dry road conditions. This problem had been noted several times randomly vehicle skid control (vsc) simply engages at normal speeds. It's the exact same problem as the 2003 which the vsc system & components was recalled. Disappointed with Toyota 2002 not included with recall! unsafe to drive and is dangerous! an accident waiting to happen!

- Sunbury, OH, USA

problem #69

May 142013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
While driving my 2002 Toyota Sequoia, I pulled into traffic and all of a sudden the truck lost power as cars swerved around me and a violent grinding noise started. A skid control light started flashing. I could feel the grinding on the brake pedal. After a few seconds, the truck beeped and 2 more lights came on. The "trac off" and "vsc" came on. After that the truck drove normal. This has happened multiple times now! I no longer feel safe on the road as this seems to happen at any moment. I have read all about this problem on the internet. Many Sequoia owners have had these same problems. Why will Toyota not fix these problems"?? what has to happen for them to feel responsible?"

- Ellenton, FL, USA

problem #68

Apr 022013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 120,412 miles
Trac off, vsc trac lights came on as the rear wheel locked up for a sec. Loss of power, vehicle pulled hard to the right almost causing collision with 18 wheeler on highway.

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #67

May 162013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 160,200 miles
I was driving on a highway around 10:30pm, and all of a sudden I hear grinding noise and vsc/trac light goes on. Reduced speed because I felt as though I may lose control of vehicle. Vsc/trac light stays on, then goes off. Less than 30 minutes later, I hear beeping noise and vsc/trac light comes back on. This same incident has happened a week ago, where I pulled over the side of the road thinking it was a flat because I felt like I was losing control then too, but no flat. Trac control issue then too (hearing grinding noise). Concerned because it seems I may lose control.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #66

Feb 052013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 121,054 miles
While traveling home at normal speed the vsc/trac lights came on and the vehicle began vibrating and making a grinding noise. After stopping on the side of the road, I called my husband and was told to turn the vehicle off and on to possibly reset the vsc/trac. It seemed to work briefly but it started to do it again. After making it home, my husband drove the vehicle initially without any issues. However, he attempted to take the vehicle to the store and the problem started again. He noted audible alerts and the vsc/trac lights illuminating, grinding from what seemed to be the passenger side front tire. He had to pull off to the side of the road; however, found it difficult to control the vehicle. The speed was estimated at 35-40 mph, dry conditions with no obvious road conditions or issues. Smoke was observed coming from the passenger front of the vehicle. This problem had been noted several time randomly over the past two years, but has seemingly been resolved by turning the vehicle off and back on. This was the first time that the issue has persisted, and the increased difficulty in steering.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #65

Dec 292012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
Vehicle skid control simply engages at normal speeds and normal driving conditions. Hard grinding, pulling to the right or left and almost no braking. Yes, they recalled 2003 to 05 but not 2002" why" it's the exact same problem. Someone will be injured at some point and in fact, there are some accounts of injury. In my family's case, this has happened while driving about 8 times since we purchased this from a private dealer and after we had a certified mechanic check it out. This is on Toyota. Please investigate this. This is total negligence and disregard for individual safety.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #64

Jun 302012


  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vsc warning light illuminated on the instrument panel as the front end of the vehicle tilted forward abnormally. In addition, the front passenger side tire shook violently. The vehicle was moved off the roadway and later restarted, as it functioned properly. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the tires needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The contact was then advised that a censor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 166,000.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #63

Oct 042010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
I have been having the same problem with my 02' Sequoia. At first the vsc trac light/ vsc off would come on & go off after turning engine off. Then it started staying on along w/ ABS light & brake. All the lights continue to stay on. My vehicle only has 126,800 miles which I consider less to be having an issue at this time. I'm a mother of three in which this is my primary vehicle that carries my precious cargo. I really do think that Toyota should issue some kind of recall in regards to this matter, it clearly looks likes this is a problem w/ other Sequoia owners & they need to stand behind there products. Especially when it involves the safety of lives. It would be great if someone could help me w/ this matter.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #62

Nov 012012


  • miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia. Consumer writes in regards to a safety concern involving the vsc/trac system the consumer stated the vsc/trac did not operate properly and caused the vehicle to be unstable. The consumer stated a recall was issued for the 2003 model and the 2002 model should have been included as well.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #61

Nov 122012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 109,140 miles
My 2002 Sequoia was going 68mph when, for no reason, the vsc (veh.stability control) indicator lite began flashing.the truck pulled left, the brakes seemed to be applying unevenly, and there was a grinding noise.I nearly had an accident and pulled over. Shut engine off for 5 minutes, restarted, and truck drove normal (vsc lite was out).did same thing the next day at 55mph. My research showed that 2003 Sequoias did the same thing, and atoyota recall of 2003 models(50,000) were fixed by Toyota. I spoke to[xxx] of Toyota customer experience center, who refused to help me.why is my truck treated any different than the 2003 model doing the same thing !!"? is my safety not important too" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #60

Oct 122011


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that vehicle stability control light abnormally illuminated, causing the vehicle to decelerate independently. The contact stated that he turned the vehicle stability control off but it re-engaged independently as the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #59

Oct 042011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 124,553 miles
The ABS light is on constantly even though the vehicle has not suffered any incidents, the vsc/track light is on sometimes it lasts up to one week until I disconnect the negative cable of the battery, recently the security light started flashing constantly, I don't know much about cars and is already altering my blood pressure.

- Calexico, CA, USA

problem #58

Aug 022012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
It seems electronic control system thinks vehicle is out of control when it is not. Vsc activates in random conditions at random times at speeds between 30-65 mph. Vehicle experiences lose of power, pulling to one side and inadequate braking. Vehicle becomes unsafe to drive and is dangerous! a recall on the vsc system & components for this vehicle is in order.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #57

Jul 082012


  • 130,000 miles
When driving at highway speed, in dry conditions, the vehicle skid control (vsc) and traction control system (trac) warning lights suddenly began flashing and beeping. The steering wheel began difficult to control and a loud grinding noise came from the brake pedal as the ABS system was activated. This made for a very dangerous situation as the vehicle was very difficult to control in heavy traffic! after about five seconds, the grinding/ABS activation and warning beeps stopped, but the warning lights stayed illuminated. When taking the next highway offramp and applying the brakes, the warning lights and grinding started again and this time it almost caused an accident when the braking was overridden by the ABS! only after turning the car off and restarting did the warning lights turn off. The 2003 Sequoia was recalled for this same problem. The 2002 Sequoia should also be recalled. Does there have to be accidents and fatalities before this will happen?? Toyota needs to take responsibility for this dangerous defect.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #56

Apr 142010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
A couple of years back while driving at highway speed the 2002 Toyota Sequoia I was driving suddenly had the ESC engage with out warning the brakes engaged and the SUV made a grinding noise and the vsc trac light lit up... I took it to my dealer and $4000 later it was repaired: The repairs included replacing the ABS computer and new brakes and rotors....now its June 2012 and its doing it again but now it engages randomly regardless of speed or terrain... I have done some research on my vehicle and have found out that Toyota has issued a recall on the same problem but only on the year models 2003-2005...I called my dealer to report the problem and they confirmed my year model is not included in the recall... this is unacceptable please get Toyota to own up to its responsibility and repair the defect...I never should have paid for the repair the first time but there is no way in [xxx] I am paying again for the same defect.... information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Comfort , TX, USA

problem #55

May 132012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
Was driving on the interstate in the left hand lane. Tried to merge into the right hand lane and noticed a car in my blind spot so I went back into the left lane. However, my vsc/ABS lights went on, the car beeped, made a heavy grinding noise, and then, with much force, veered hard to the right. I tried to steer it back to the left hand lane, the other drivers saw me wrestling with my steering wheel and the car started to fishtail so fortunately they stayed well behind me. The car became impossible to control and steer and braking did not help. Despite my best efforts to control the car, apply the brakes, steer out of the skidding and fishtailing, my car then went over into the right lane, over to the shoulder, and then the wheel sunk into the grass next to the shoulder where the vehicle rolled over several times. My son and I were airlifted to the trauma unit. I suffered 2 broken vertebrae in the C area of my neck and a compressed disc in the T region of my spine, concussion, cuts, bruises, glass embedded near my eye, as well as a splenic aneurysm. My son had a concussion, wound on the head that required stitches, cuts, bruises and a sprained ankle. My son and I were both unconscious at the accident scene.my two daughters had minor cuts, sprains, and bruises. We were fortunate to have come out of this alive and not to have hit anyone else. I am still in a neck brace and undergoing medical treatment. Toyota needs to recall this model as soon as possible. We could have all been killed. Unfortunately, my car was totaled and there was no black box in this model. I will never buy a car from Toyota again. However, for the safety of others, I do hope they recall this model as I would hate for others to suffer what we had to suffer, or worse. Updated 10/19/12 updated 10/23/2012

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #54

Jun 162009

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The traction control, vsc light is illuminated intermittently over the past few years. I am scared that if I need to avoid a impeding accident that because the vsc system not working that I may not be able to successfully avoid a potentially fatal accident. I am also scared that the vehicle may rollover when doing a fast turn to avoid an accident. Based on my research, I have found that this is a common problem among these vehicles and that there was a 2003 recall for this problem. There are a lot of problems with the 2002 vehicles and it needs to get fixed. Must we first have an accident to win rights to be accommodated. Does Toyota not want to make good on it's product and satisfy all owners/customers. I worry every time I drive my vehicle and thank god each time I reach my destination without incident.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #53

May 112012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
While driving during normal dry conditions, vsc alarm started to go off followed by loss of control of brakes. Was able to pull over without incident and at about 10 mph the alarm shutoff and the amber trac off light and vsc trac light annunciated and all driving conditions were normal again. I'm guessing at this point the system was disabled in the trac off mode. I'm in the process of bringing the car to the dealer for a diagnostic however I've read numerous items online of people having this problem and Toyota doesn't seem to help (recall). It is quite expensive also.

- Senoia, GA, USA

problem #52

May 022012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 129,002 miles
We just bought this 2002 Toyota Sequoia to use for towing as well as to carry our family around in. We had our choice between an Expedition, a Tahoe and this Sequoia. Knowing the reliability of a Toyota we were confident this was a good choice for our family. We have had the car approximately 3 weeks and as my husband was towing a full loaded trailer down a major interstate the vsc light flashed on and off a few times. Thinking it was probably nothing he came home, mentioned it to me and started looking up information. What we found was incredible! this seems to be a huge problem that Toyota is unwilling to acknowledge or fix or even have a fix for. Later that day my husband was pulling into the driveway, suddenly the vsc trac light came back on, the car made a loud beeping noise and abruptly lurched to the right! immediately after coming in, I started calling Toyota dealerships. I was told this was a common problem however it could cost up to $4500 to fix! the service adviser then went on to tell me step by step what they would do to fix the problem. First, by changing the yaw rate sensor than the skid control computer and if that didn't work the steering sensor, than the brake booster and finally the master cylinder. However, I then learned that "maybe" after doing all these repairs that it "might" fix the problem! we then drove the car to our mechanic, which is quite a ways away, and as we were nearing our destination (I was driving this time) I was pressing the brake to slow down in traffic and all of a sudden the car lurched to the right, the lights started flicking on again and the car made a beeping noise! the mechanic said the car was pulling several different codes so he wasn't sure what was wrong with it and it would be trial and error to fix it. Toyota--you know something is wrong. Fix it before someone gets hurt!

- Groveland, FL, USA

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