Toyota Recalls 2.3 Million Vehicles Over Sticking Accelerator Pedal

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A new recall announced today by Toyota includes approximately 2.3 million Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs. No Lexus or Scion models are included. The recall is to fix accelerator pedals that become stuck and lead to severe accidents. This recall is separate from the 4.2 million vehicles recalled over floormats trapping the accelerator pedal. Toyota says 1.7 million vehicles are included in both recalls.

Below is Toyota’s explanation as well as the models affected.

“The condition is rare, but can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn and, in certain conditions, the accelerator pedal may become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position.  Toyota is working quickly to prepare the correction remedy.

"In the event that a driver experiences an accelerator pedal that sticks in a partial open throttle position or returns slowly to idle position, the vehicle can be controlled with firm and steady application of the brakes. The brakes should not be pumped repeatedly because it could deplete vacuum assist, requiring stronger brake pedal pressure. The vehicle should be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance.”

Model included in the recall:
 
• 2009-10 RAV4
• 2009-10 Corolla
• 2009-10 Matrix
• 2005-10 Avalon
• 2007-10 Camry
• 2010 Highlander
• 2007-10 Tundra
• 2008-10 Sequoia

ABC News is reporting more than 60 new cases of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles since the safety recall campaign last year. Unintended acceleration in a 2008 Toyota led to a December crash that left four people dead. Investigators found the car’s floormats in the trunk, where Toyota had recommended putting them so as not to get stuck under the accelerator.

Another person said he had watched an ABC news report on what to do if a car didn’t respond and was able to get his Toyota into a dealership where they could diagnose the problem and fix the electronic components responsible. This incident may be what is spurring Toyota to issue a new recall.

Comments 

Eriksson

Man thats a great color of green.....So they really said it was acceleraters sticking not floor mats, crazy, I never thought they would

SG

Witnessed the Toyota recall first hand. A fellow motorist was driving a late model Avalon and comming up to an intersection was unable to stop. Thankfully she stopped almost midway through the intersection and had not collided with anybody. We checked on her and her passenger. Besides being a little freaked out the situation, see ripped out the floormat and through it into the back seat. Hopefully it was the floormat and not this. Toyota should have taken the initiative to correct this problem as soon as they should have, not until they could no longer hide it...

keithO

First depressingly boring cars, now a slew of recalls. Wow. How the mighty have fallen.

KB

Wow that's a beautiful green car. Toyota makes some great looking cars.

James

...and here we go! The endless bloggers who bash Toyota and tell us how awesome their 87 Cavalier once was. GO GO GO!

segfault

Eriksson & KB,

I hear that Toyota is planning on calling the color Japanese Sudden-Unintended-Acceleration Racing Green.

Glenn

...may the best car win...

This is the 2nd recall where the matrix is mentioned, however I have heard nothing from GM. Does anyone know how this effects the Vibe?

Tony

Checked with my 2009 Highlander - don't see how pedal could stick to the floor mat. Also my car is not in the recall.
Ok. It is safety concern - yes. Go to the dealer, get it fixed and still it is not any worse then any other makes.
Is is all comes down to, do you like Toyota ride or not?
Still, this is welcome to consumer as dealers no longer can tell you BS about their product quality. Sometimes (at Toyota) I thought that they think, it is them who is giving me a favor by selling it to me.

James Yes the recall news has just been updated to add the Vibe.
Tony the comment about "it's not worse than any other makes" is missing the point. Try telling that to the families of the people who's car sped off and got killed and injured. It should never happen. It's currently a serious thing that according to article Toyota has NO fix for yet. So how will you know if it's going to happen to you next if you own a recalled car/truck?

Kyle

I'd gladly take a recall like this involving my Camry vs putting up w/ the myriad lies and recalls of my Chrysler dealership and the two pos cars they sold me.

Jeff

look at those masochist proud Toyota owners. this is a safety issue, life and death issue for god sake. how can u treat it so lightly? ur stupidity is beyond my imagination.

45

It's not by accident that outside of Acura, Toyota owners have the highest percentage of advanced degrees. It does not take a smart person to put a car into neutral but then again GM and Chrysler owners wouldn't fall into that category.

Its horrible what happened here in southern california. But people get in accident every day due to pedal mis-haps. Ever had a water bottle go under your brake pedal...Im sure that causes car accident every day. But in Toyota's case...is it the gas pedal or the floor mats that cause the accident?

I'm sure Ford Is loving this News

I'd gladly take a recall like this involving my Camry vs putting up w/ the myriad lies and recalls of my Chrysler dealership and the two pos cars they sold me.

bob k.

im doing a research paper on toyota recalls and i thought i should let you know that you guys have no info what so ever! kkthanks.

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