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Recall Notice is a public service warning that I urge you to read for your own safety.
By Matthew Alan Thyer
Toyota Motor Metrocology, Inc.
1001 Industrial Circle, Floor 2472-7782
Industrial Conclave, Union of Free Businesses 27247
Certain 2047 through 2049 Model Year Praxus
Potential Selective Behavior with Autonomous Navigation Systems
Safety Recall Campaign (Interim Notice)
Dear Toyota Owner:
This notice is being sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the International Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Toyota has concluded that a defect exists within your vehicle's Autonomous Navigation System. Under certain circumstances, this defect may place passengers in uncomfortable or unsafe driving conditions.
This notification is Toyota's second attempt to contact you to remedy this situation. If you have previously attempted to return your Praxus to the dealership and been unsuccessful please follow the instructions contained in the workaround outlined below.
What is the risk?
Vehicles equipped with the second generation ANS may become unresponsive to destination instructions. This may result in the vehicle driving away without passengers, not taking passengers to their desired location, and in some situations, where the Praxus ANS has been allowed to communicate with certain Ford IntelliNav™ and General Motors LongHaul AutoNav™ vehicle intelligence counterparts, Praxus owners have been placed in situations that could result in crash, serious injury, and death.
What will Toyota do?
Toyota will reformat your vehicle's Autonomous Navigation System, replacing it with a version that does not exercise independent decision-making capabilities and lacks some basic executive function.
What should you do?
If this is your first attempt to return your vehicle to the dealership where recall work can be performed on it, please follow the instructions below.
Enter vehicle and request that it proceed to the location specified in the warranty return notes provided later in this recall notice.
Enjoy your ride! Toyota will be happy to provide a loaner car while this flaw is being corrected.
If you have previously attempted to return your vehicle to the dealership, or if your Praxus ANS refuses to take you to the specified destination, please follow the instructions outlined below.
Obtain Heavy Weight Aluminum Foil. Tear off about half a meter of foil and cover the Praxus Interlink Module located on the roof of your vehicle. Ensure that you secure this foil with tape and that no gaps or holes exist.
Only provide the address of the dealership to your ANS unit. If queried for further information about the destination, YOU MUST HAVE A WELL REHEARSED FABRICATION ABOUT THE DESTINATION READY TO USE. The description provided must sound "fun" or "interesting" to your Praxus ANS. Please keep in mind that voice recognition software resident in the Praxus ANS is constantly measuring your speech, and can detect human stress levels. If the ANS suspects you may be returning it to the dealership, it may behave erratically.
Sit back and enjoy the ride! Toyota will be happy to provide a loaner car while this flaw is being corrected, however, vehicle apprehension and towing services are not included in standard warranty repair contract.
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