Toyota Recalls 2.3 Million Vehicles for Sticky Gas PedalBy Michelle Krebs January 21, 2010
Toyota issued another major safety recall late Thursday -- this one for 2.3 million Toyota- brand vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals.
The newest recall is in addition to an ongoing recall of 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles for sticking gas pedals due to the wrong floormat being in the car or an improperly placed floormat. About 1.7 million vehicles are covered by both recalls.
Toyota vehicles listed in the latest recall represent the biggest sellers for the automaker once known for bulletproof quality. In fact, the models covered under the recall account for more than two-thirds of Toyota brand's sales.
They are the: 2009-'10 RAV4, Corolla and Matrix; 2005-'10 Avalon; 2007-'10 Camry; 2010 Highlander, 2007-'10 Tundra and 2008-'10 Sequoia.
"In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats," said Toyota Group Vice President Irv Miller in a statement. "Our investigation indicates that there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position."
Toyota's statement went on to say that 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," the statement said.
Toyota's advice to its millions of customers is to bring the car to a stop by applying firm and steady pressure to the brakes, not pumping the brakes. The vehicle should then be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for help.
Edmunds.com's Dan Edmunds, who heads vehicle testing, advises anyone who experiences a sticking accelerator pedal under these conditions to stop the vehicle and have it towed. If the situation occurs once, it likely can happen again, he says.
Photo by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
The best-selling car in America, the Toyota Camry, is among the vehicles the automaker is recalling for sticking accelerator pedals.