really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,259 miles

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problem #46

Nov 112011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
Driving at 60 mph the vsc lights came on and the vehicle went to the right by itself.I slow down, and then the skid traction lights came on and a loud noise was coming out of the front....I think that if I was driving faster I could of have an accident...the same thing happened yesterday...

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #45

Jul 222011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Same problem like everyone else, traction control, vsc, brake light, and ABS light on. Dealership says no recall but they recalled all 2003 models for the same issue. ABS computer module. Part# 89541-0C050. Vehicle lights are off when vehicle is started, after 2-3 miles all the lights come on then the car is hard to handle due to traction control making the car unstabable. Also with ABS light on, braking is very bad. Constant fight to keep the vehicle straight during braking.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #44

Jun 272010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia vsc/ traction control system started to malfunction in June 2011 vehicle has 128,000 miles. Took it to the dealership and they said that it needs a new yaw rate sensor @800.00dollars. Also that there is a chance that this doesn't fix the problem the SUV may need an ECU at a cost of an additional $900. That's crazy!!!! this has happened at all different range of speeds. Happening more often lately and seems very dangerous when activates and makes the vehicle unstable.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #43

Jul 252011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 89,851 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia brake slippery and shake the vehicle, then both vsc and trac off warning lights are on.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #42

Jul 032011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 117,928 miles
I was driving down the highway and out of no where I started skidding and my steering wheel started shaking. There was nothing on the road, the weather was hot and dry, and I wasn't switching lanes. Simultaneously the "vsc trac" and "trac off" lights came on. My first instinct was to apply the brake, and upon doing so the ABS kicked in. I pulled off the highway to let the car rest and so that I could check everything out. Everything appeared fine, so I continued on my journey. The lights stayed on for the remainder of the 50 mile trip, but no further incident occurred. When I started the car the next morning, the lights were off. I took the car to the dealership and they told me I had an ECU skid control failure. Upon further investigation I found that this had happened at least four times prior with this vehicle, starting when the car was only two years old and had approximately 35,000 miles. All four times the car had been taken to the dealership for inspection.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #41

Jul 062011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 249,500 miles
The vehicles vsc system engages when driving down the road in dry conditions leading to a momentary loss of control of the vehicle. The brakes grab and cause your vehicle to swerve to the left side. This happens out of the blue with no warning.

- Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

problem #40

Jan 212011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia vsc traction control. Anti-lock braking system engages suddenly with power loss and front end vibration. Vehicle stability control and traction control lights illuminate on dash. ABS and vsc lights remain on (ABS and stability control therefore disengaged) and cannot be turned back on by operator. When vehicle is turned off, system appears to reset, but the problem repeats after restarting and driving several miles. Problem is occurring more frequently and appears there are many other folks having this problem.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 102011


  • 142,000 miles
Anti-lock braking system engages suddenly with power loss and front end vibration. Vehicle stability control and traction control lights illuminate on dash. ABS and vsc lights remain on (ABS and stability control therefore disengaged) and cannot be turned back on by operator. When vehicle is turned off, system appears to reset, but the problem repeats after restarting and driving several miles. Problem occurred twice today, on two separate drive events within a 2 hour period.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #38

May 012011


  • 189,993 miles
Problem with vsc sensor engaging while driving both in the city and also highway. Based on information obtained from the dealership, this is a known issue with Toyota Sequoias. I contacted Toyota on today to determine if this is infact a known issue with Toyota Sequoia why has there not been a recall. Toyota indicated that they would not be knowledgeable of the number of cases concerning this matter and that there currently was not recall for the yaw rate sensor which the defective part. While I am aware of the numerous other problems identified with Toyota cars, it is quite alarming as to the performance of my vehicle due to problem with this sensor. The sensor engages for no specific reason. While conveying this concern to Toyota, there was not much satisfaction offered except that the issued would be logged and I received a case number [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #37

Apr 062011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 250,000 miles
Vsc lights came on after having the master cylinder and brake booster rebuilt. Now when braking occurs there is pulsation of the pedal and the vehicle pulls to the right under normal braking conditions (dry level paved road conditions) - this pulling is more severe if braking occurs when cornering. The concern is what happens during emergency braking?

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #36

Apr 032011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 142,859 miles
02 Sequoia -sun at 6pm driving at 75 mph on I 75 when vehicle suddenly slowed down then brakes started screeching loudly rattling.. vehicle started to veer left and jerk. Skid light came on with beeping sound. Trac off and vsc lights also came on. I put my hazard lights on immediately held the steering wheel tightly and exited the highway. Once it was safe to stop I did so and shut the car off. Then I started the vehicle up again and started driving at 35mph. The lights were off at this point. In a few minutes they came back on and the events started all over again, I took my car to the tire shop for them to check the next day. They said tires were fine. Then took to the dealership for diagnostic, they said issue was a yaw rate sensor. Advised them that web had a lot of other people with the same incident. Asked if they would consider in pricing. They only gave me a 10% discount. Also called corporate they told me that my car was way past warranty and they could not help. Paid $1K to have it replaced.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #35

Sep 142009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the traction control and vsc lights illuminated on the instrument panel; the vehicle also beeped and the front brakes suddenly locked up. The front end began to shake and pull to the side. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced the yaw rate sensor. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The current mileage was approximately 67,000. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #34

Mar 222011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Traction control system is spontaneously engaging causing sudden deceleration and momentary loss of control. Symptoms include grinding/clashing noise typical of traction-control engagement, beeping from dash (indicating system error or disengagement?), and "trac off" and "vsc trac" lights come on and stay on. Originally problem only occurred after an hour or more of highway speed driving, usually with cruise control active. Recently started occurring more frequently and at lower speeds. Also notice vibration during braking (similar to warped rotors) goes away when traction control is off.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #33

Mar 052011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia limited vsc off/vsc trac problem. Lights go on w/clicking and brakes grind and lock up. This has happened 4 times. I was almost in a accident and was, fortunately able to control the vehicle to a safe stop. It is as if I have no control over this huge vehicle. I have it in the dealer now awaiting repair estimate and diagnosis of problem. I've been forewarned it will be very expensive. Toyota needs to fix this issue.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

problem #32

Dec 152002

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. While driving at an unknown speed the vehicle stability control activated at a low speed for a few seconds. He stated that his vehicle would not accelerate as quickly as he thought which increased the risk of a crash. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure. He was advised that his vehicle was not covered under warranty nor were there any related recalls. He was also informed that the vehicle was performing as normal. The contact referenced recall NHTSA campaign id number: 10V176000, traction control system that was a recall for the 2003 vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50 and the current mileage was 130,000. Updated 3/7/11 updated 03/141//

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #31

Oct 152010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 54,650 miles
My vehicle skid control (vsc) activates automatically when the vehicle is driving normal and there is no reason for the vsc to engage. This has happen on various occasions. I took the vehicle to the dealer and they told me that it was the yaw rate and steering angle sensor and it cost $1,236 to repair.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #30

Nov 152010


  • 90,000 miles
I have owned a 2002 Toyota Sequoia since 2006. This problem began occurring in the winter of 2007 with the vsc, vsc trac, and ABS warning lights all coming on. This kept continuing anytime I was driving in wet snowy conditions. I began to research this problem on line and it seems there are many cases of this on 2001-2003 Toyota Sequoias. I took it to a dealer and they couldn't find any computer codes relating to this issue. At the end of last winter the problem seemed to become worse. Even in dry conditions on dry pavement the vsc computer begins to take over acceleration and very often! and sometimes the lights come on and sometimes not. Again I researched and found there to be a Toyota recall on 2003 Sequoias only for the same problem that has been affecting my Sequoia! I called Toyota, they gave me a case # and told me to take it in to the dealer. I took it back to a Toyota dealer and again they could not duplicate the lights turning on or find any computer codes concerning the problem. That was approximately 5 months ago and still the problem persists leading up to yesterdays accident. I drove up to the mountains to go snowboarding. When we left the resort it was snowing very heavy. I noticed the ABS, vsc, and vsc trac lights come on again, as I was expecting them to. We drove about 7 miles down the road then I was moving in to the left turning lane of a traffic light. Our speed was only 15-20 mph, and when I tried to slow down the wheels locked up and we began sliding. I let off the brakes and tried them again to no avail. I let off the brakes and tried to miss the vehicle in front of me by going to the left side of them over a small median as there was no traffic coming towards us in the intersection. But my rear tire bounced me off the median and into the vehicle.the damage was minor and there were no injuries. I believe this accident could have been avoided if the ABS and vsc system was working properly. I believe the recall should include 01 and 02 Sequoias.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #29

Nov 072010


  • 123,330 miles
I have a 2002 Toyota Sequoia and recently my vsc has been was feels like a lock up, I hear something grinding and the car begins to shake and swerve, it happened as I was entering the interstate. I have had issues with the vsc light going on and off and did mention to the service dept. At the dealership when it was under warranty, they said they could not find anything wrong. It has been a few years since the problem has occurred and now it is worse and a very scary and dangerous situation. I had my daughter and a her friend in the car and we were nowhere near a town. I am very scared to drive my car. It now happens almost everytime I go somewhere, and the dealership wants to charge me just to evaluate the problem when I had previously mentioned it before. I hope there is a recall very soon.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #28

Aug 192010


  • 192,000 miles
My 2002 Toyota Sequoia first started a year ago in 2009 the vsc lights would come on for no reason. In August 2010 the vsc lights came on and stayed on just going down the road all of a sudden a loud beeping noise comes on and the brakes and vehicle start shaking and vibrating uncontrollably. I has done this about 10 times now the last two times it was so bad the car started breaking off the road and I almost ran in a ditch. Very dangerous to say the least, my three children were in the car. I have noticed recalls on the 2003 models but not on the 2002. When is Toyota going to own up to this exact problem on their other models. They have to know this there are far too many complaints of the exact problem. I sure hope they do and soon because me and my children could have died this last time.

- Eclectic, AL, USA

problem #27

Jun 282010


  • 140,000 miles
Since end of June 2010, I had to have my 2002 Toyota Sequoia towed because it had started to veer off and the wheel became stiff and I couldn't control the steering. The vsc lights came on as well as the "squiggly car" light. I was scared to drive it again as I was 100 miles away from home, so I had it towed. I had taken it to the Toyota dealership and they diagnosed the bearings but couldn't diagnose the failure I had felt as far as the vsc incident. They charged me for inspection but said they didn't know exactly what was wrong and sent me home with the car. I experienced this for a few days and finally took it to an independent auto repair. They did a zero recalibrating and saw there was issues on the computer coming up but couldn't also exactly pinpoint what was wrong. It took a week before I got it back as it didn't reoccur with them. The following day as I drove it, the vsc lights and squiggly car light came on again. Every time I made a turn it seemed it jumped and it wouldn't gain acceleration quickly when I pressed on the gas. Plus it made this loud noise as if something was rubbing and it would slow down, then after a few seconds, regain speed. I took it in again and they replaced the yaw sensor. The following day, again taking the streets it seemed that everytime I stopped and pressed again it shifted something as I felt it under the pedals, the vsc lights would turn on but then turn off and then finally regain speed. Each and every time I was stopped at a light and then pressed on the gas, it did this. I finally looked up a recall that one technician told me about and noticed the 2003 recall for traction control system. However Toyota will not help since my car is 2002, hence why I'm complaining about it now. I believe the exact thing is what is happening to my car. I've had it swerve on the freeway when the vsc light came on and am afraid to drive it on the freeway for fear of it slowing down unexpectedly.

- Industry, CA, USA

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