• tye Posted: 12/7/2009 5:00pm PST

    This is exciting. Here I thought I avoided sudden death by just not owning a Toyota but so much for that.

  • Manny Posted: 12/7/2009 5:24pm PST

    Thanks for the tips. Now why did car companies stop using the double jointed gas pedals? Wouldn't those make more sense?

  • Fargis Gyrate Posted: 12/7/2009 6:29pm PST

    Answer to the last Q in the article: "What do you do?"
    Step on the brakes as hard as you can and keep your foot on them. No car's engine can out-accelerate fully applied brakes.
    And, if the car doesn't have an ignition key but a start button, press & hold the starter button in for at least three seconds. That will kill the engine.

  • Han S. Posted: 12/8/2009 2:32am PST

    I always regarded Toyota as maker of safe and reliable cars. By these results it seems I have been wrong...

  • cardude Posted: 12/8/2009 3:43pm PST

    I own a BMW, my floor mat interferes with braking. After that incident I removed it totally.

  • Of interest... Posted: 1/18/2010 10:01am PST

    'Reports of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota Avalon without floor mats'
    January 18, 2010 by Tim Beissmann

  • Marlene Posted: 5/29/2010 6:26am PDT

    I am annoyed to say the least with Toyota's lack of customer service. I had a defective radio in my 2008 Camry Solara. It would intermittently black out. It was replaced with a defective, scratched used radio. When I phoned Toyota's customer service I was put on hold for a very long time, then when finally getting a representative was told my complaint would be filed? I wanted my complaint addressed and action taken, not "filed" and forgotten. After asking for a manager I was put on hold for a very long time then told that the individual I needed to speak to, Naomi Torres, had gone home for the day and that every other manager was in a meeting (a manager's meeting that involved everyone except Ms.Torres I guess). After my third call I reached Naomi Torres who essentially told me I could take this matter to arbitration and when I responded that I would not accept arbitration she told me "Toyota will not replace your radio". I bought a new Toyota and in that price, paid for a new radio, my car is in new condition with only 6200 miles on it with no wear and I expected Toyota to stand behind their product and replace the radio with what I paid for, but that is apparently not their policy! This is the first and last time I will buy a Toyota. Based on this poor customer service, I can certainly understand the frustration of all those individuals involved in the accelerator recall.