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Toyota in Costa Rica recalls unstable SUVs

Purdy Motor of Costa Rica announced a recall this week of the 2010 Land Cruiser Prado Premium sports utility vehicle (SUV). A total of 79 clients are being contacted to bring back their vehicle for an upgrade on the car´s stability control system.

The recall is part of an international recall by the Toyota Motor Corp. on 21,000 Land Cruiser Prado and 13,000 Lexux GX 460 SUVs. The motor vehicle giant has suspended all sales of the Prado.

Luis Mastroeni, marketing manager at Purdy Motor, said the dealership first started selling the vehicle in October 2009. Due to a problem with the stability control system, the vehicle could slide sideways at high speeds, specifically during turns, Maestroni said.

The recall will allow Toyota dealerships to update the stability control system to avoid losses of traction or slippage. The upgrade will be arriving from Toyota factories in May.

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