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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,371 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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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 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 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

problem #51

Apr 132012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 101,150 miles
Started the vehicle and the vsc and the trac off lights illuminated and would not turn off. Took to authorized Toyota service center. Was indicated that this is a common issue with Toyota Sequoia and that there has been a service recall on 2003 models but not for 2002. Appears to be a common problem across model years.

- Mt Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #50

Jun 062009


  • miles
Same problem like everyone else I've read about. The traction control, vsc, brake light, and ABS light on. Dealership says no recall but they recalled all 2003 models for the same issue. 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 unstable. This has been occurring for quite a while now. The vsc/trac light on my 2002 Toyota Sequoia comes on after driving for a few minutes. When this occurs it feels like the vehicle looses power and goes into "anti lock" mode. It's a scary feeling when driving at highway speeds. Once the vsc warning lights come on the vehicle drives normally, will do it again and again. The dealership said that it cost $800 dollars to repair. I can't afford to have the repair made and feel I should not have to. If the 2003 model has been recalled for the same problem and so many other 2002 Sequoia owners have reported the same problem, why shouldn't our trucks also qualify for recall and dealer repair at no cost to us. 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 ownere/customers. I worry every time I drive my vehicle and thank god each time I reach my destination without incident.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Jul 152010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
To start, I want to stress that I do not understand why there is no recall for this problem. The vsc trac, ABS, skid control and brake lights all came on and stayed on as of the above date. Prior to that date, the vsc trac and skid lights would come on for no reason, but would go off upon turning off and restarting the car. When the lights came on and stayed on, I read the owner's manual and based on that information, was worried the brakes would not work, so I called the dealer. When I spoke to someone in the dealer's repair shop about the problem before I brought the car in, he said that the warning lights meant that my ABS system was gone and it would cost $2,000 to fix. He said that it was not covered by warranty or a recall. So, I took it to the nearest auto repair shop to my home, that I had used previously. They checked the warning lights with the computer diagnostic and could not find anything wrong. Then, I took it to the dealer, and they checked the warning lights and said that the problem was low voltage with the battery. I had recently bought a new battery, so I took the car back to the first place, which checked the battery and said it was fine. So I received conflicting messages from the dealer. However, since other owners with my year/model Toyota have had safety problems with the same issue and Toyota has the same problem with the 2003 model and they have issued a recall, I believe it is a safety issue. I can't understand why no recall has been issued for the 2002 year. Please look at all of the complaints about this exact issue from so many consumers (and I'm sure plenty of others who did not take the time to report it) and act before someone is seriously injured or killed!!!!!!

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #47

Dec 222011


  • miles
My 2002 Sequoia keeps making a grinding noise when I hit the gas from a stop light and the stability control keeps coming on and there is a loss of power and I cant do nothing until he stability control quits what its doing. Point blank Toyota needs to do something with all these 2002 Sequoias and there failing traction control system. There are peoples lives at stake and I've done had all the wheel sensors cleaned and the system reset and the problem is still there. What if it was your kids that had to drive an uncontrollable vehicle you would do everything you could to see what the problem was or if it can be fixed. Were spending lots of money fixing these Sequoias and it needs to stop. All im asking is please just to consider recalling these dangerous vehicles.

- Chipley, FL, USA

problem #46

Apr 052011


  • 102,111 miles
My 2002 Toyota Sequoia has a defective sensor for the vsc, brake system. I see where the 2003 Sequoia is covered, but not the 2002's. please tell me why this is the case, when the same problem is occurring.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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