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Toyota Issues Recall For Sticking Gas Pedals, Affects 2.3 Million Cars

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2010 Toyota RAV4

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As many suspected, it turns out there's more to the claims of unintended acceleration at Toyota than some problematic floor mats. Unfortunately, also like the floor mat issue, Toyota appears to be taking voluntary action only after widespread complaints about the issue. The recall affects 2.3 million vehicles spread across eight model lines.

According to Toyota, the problem has emerged in the past several months as a completely separate condition from the existing floor mat recall, which affected 4.2 million vehicles. About 1.7 million vehicles are subject to both problems.

“Our investigation indicates that there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. Consistent with our commitment to the safety of our cars and our customers, we have initiated this voluntary recall action," said Toyota Motor Sales group vice president Irv Miller in a release today.

The eight models affected include:

• 2009-2010 RAV4,
• 2009-2010 Corolla
• 2009-2010 Matrix
• 2005-2010 Avalon
• 2007-2010 Camry
• 2010 Highlander
• 2007-2010 Tundra
• 2008-2010 Sequoia

While Toyota says the condition is rare, when it occurs it presents in worn pedal mechanisms that become harder to depress and slower to return, potentially becoming stuck in the depressed position. With the throttle then stuck wide open, the car can continue to accelerate even while braking. Toyota advises drivers experiencing a stuck accelerator pedal to apply the brakes steadily and firmly, and to shut off the engine at the nearest safe location.

Toyota says no Lexus or Scion-brand vehicles were affected by the recall, though the Toyota Matrix shares its design and construction at California's NUMMI plant with the Pontiac Vibe, so it's possible that more cars yet may fall under the recall.

 
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Comments (18)
  1. toyota you owe people thousands in Car Insurance money All of their car ins has gone way up now because of your quality problems constant problems
     
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  2. HA HA , you foolish americans have been sucked in by Toyota for so long , now you get what you deserve. LONG LIVE GM AND FORD.
     
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  3. I understand Ford is actually more dependable than Toyota now. But the opposite perception still remains.
     
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  4. Americans who buy cars from foreign companies are stupid anyway. They are watching their own neighbors lose jobs and their government lose its tax base .Thats why they get fooled into believing they are buying something better when they are not. Ask any person driving a Toyota ,a basic mechanical question such as whats a timing belt or what size engine is in your car? They won't know,so how would they know anything technically at all about how one car is better than another? I think I'll make a bumper sticker that says "all Toyota's please pass me up and drive in front in case of full acceleration ,except the Tundras with the frames falling off. Tundras please stay behind."
     
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  5. Mike....if the US made fuel efficient cars that were cheap like the Japanese we would not need to send or money to foreign countries....but America (in the past) has made total JUNK!
    I remember a massive car recall in the 70's due to cars exploding into fireballs when they were rear ended
     
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  6. Because of this mistake by the company, a lot of people are having second thoughts about buying cars manufactured by Toyota.
     
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  7. us auto makers made great cars back in the day. why can;t htey tranfer that expertise to other models why not go back to basics nascar style. i own a1989 taurus wagon with over half a million miles that all you have to do is show her the key and she starts right up this cannot be afluck it is a well made car.
     
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  8. I am having great problems with Toyota corolla it is ridiculous. i wonder how long will it take to get it fixed
     
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  9. ummm...toyota could have mentioned to place the car in neutral if experiencing acceleration, nawww...they just tell ya to apply the brakes firmly....lol....reallly come on people.....THROW IT IN NEUTRAL!
     
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  10. if you throw it in neutral you'l burn our the engine
     
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  11. He Mike, Toyota is made in Nord America, maybe that's why, hahaha, by the way, the Toyota's have timing chains nowadays, so no replacement (and cost) necessary
    Ford has the same problems with the pedals, so.....the rest will folow?
     
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  12. more details on this story can be found here http://www.cdnauto.org/toyota_recall.asp
     
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  13. Hi,
    I have a toyota corolla 2008. How sure can I be that it is safe to drive.
    How can I be sure that the gas pedal is made be Denso instead of CTS.
    They may not want to check it if it is not on recall.
     
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  14. My wife just bought a 2010 Chevy Equilnox, MADE IN CANADA might I add, and one week into having it the dash board went blank. Computer froze. It was a recall, have you heard about it? No. Talk about almost rear ending someone when you car controls go dark and starts blowing out 100 degree for no reason. I agree, the pedal thing is a bad one. But so is Ford's cruise control catching on fire. How about the fact that Mopar stands by there cars with a 36000 mile warranty only. Almost every car put on sales floor has recalls. And recalls get fixed. I drive Toyota, because they are the best vehicles made today. If we were in the 1960s-1970s, that would be different.
    My company puts alot of hard working americans to work. Do you people realize how many GM-Ford vehicals are build in Canada? Not the companies fault though. If if was not for the pampered union worker crying over 50cent health care raises and flat out being lazy, the company could breath a little. Not the same union, not the american cars. Long story short, Obama is our president. SERIOULSY!!!
     
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  15. toyta's are not made in america. they are ALL MADE IN JAPAN! they only employ a very small amount of americans to assemble them, so toyota doesnt have tariffs. toyota destroys american jobs, they undeservingly took over the market with their inferior cars. they sell the most cars to us but employ the least amount of american workers. our jobs are going back to japan where toyota has slaves do it for cheaper. why do so many people blame the americans. our quality is unsurpassed. we hold the most million mile records. we use high quality material, and heavy duty parts.
     
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  16. 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...
     
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  17. My company puts alot of hard working americans to work. Do you people realize how many GM-Ford vehicals are build in Canada? Not the companies fault though. If if was not for the pampered union worker crying over 50cent health care raises and flat out being lazy, the company could breath a little. Not the same union, not the american cars. Long story short, Obama is our president. SERIOULSY!!!
     
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  18. Sad day today, as I'm typing this there's an old woman laying dead in the street next to my apt bldg. Gas pedal stuck on a Toyota Matrix and the driver hit 2 cars in the parking lot, swerved out onto the street hitting this lady and then crashed into the median. I hope you have to a pay that womans family a huge settlement Toyota. You should be ashamed.
     
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