Toyota Motor Corp. asked owners of 2014-16 Lexus luxury vehicles in the U.S. to go to dealerships to fix a computer issue that can disable navigation, audio and climate control systems.
The action also includes 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs, company spokeswoman Cindy Knight said Wednesday. The microcomputer that runs several electronic functions can be disabled by data broadcast via high-definition radio by a weather and traffic service provider, she said, without identifying that supplier.
Knight said Toyota doesn’t know yet how many vehicles or what regions are affected.
Some Lexus owners in the Chicago area and the southern U.S. complained to the company Tuesday about the computer issue and customers in California said on Twitter that they also were affected. A posting on YouTube showed the navigation system on a Lexus RX350 SUV starting up, then going to a blank purple screen and restarting.
Knight said that in some situations, the faulty data can cause the center display in the dashboard to stop and then restart repeatedly.