According to Toyota, “errant data from our traffic and weather data service provider” caused the infotainment systems in 2014-2016 Lexus vehicles and the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser to go into some sort of endless reboot loop. Obviously, it’s not good – the malfunction means the audio systems, navigation and climate control systems aren’t working properly, and that the hands-free mobile phone function won’t work.
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Apparently, some owners were able to manually fix their cars by disconnecting the battery cables for 10 minutes, which forces the car’s computer systems to restart. But Toyota isn’t officially suggesting that people take that action. Instead, “Toyota and Lexus owners experiencing these issues should visit their dealer for a complimentary system reset and a confirmation of the system,” the automaker said in a statement.
It’s worth noting that issues with the usability of modern infotainment systems have caused customer satisfaction scores to drop. Lexus, though, has been mostly immune to such complaints, having come in first place in J.D. Power’s most recent Vehicle Dependability study. Not that you should automatically trust those findings, anyway.