Toyota retrofit fix for sticky-throttle recallEnlarge Photo
Last week, Toyota halted sales and production of the eight new models affected by the recall. Beginning this weekend, dealerships will begin installing a small shim that, Toyota says, will eliminate the possibility of the moisture-related binding that causes the sticky-throttle situation. Owners with older, higher-mileage vehicles are more likely to encounter the issue.
Dealerships are instructed to make customer vehicles the first priority, so it could be a while yet before some of these models are again widely available. Production begins again next Monday, using a redesigned accelerator linkage.
From NHTSA's consumer advisory on the issue, here's advice on what to do if experiencing unintended acceleration or a sticky throttle:
Actions Consumers Can Take If They Cannot Stop Their Vehicle. Regardless of the cause, if a consumer is experiencing unintended acceleration in their vehicle, they should take the following steps:
- Brake firmly and steadily – do not pump the brake pedal
- Shift the transmission into Neutral (for vehicles with automatic transmissions and the sport option, familiarize yourself with where Neutral is – the diagram may be misleading)
- Steer to a safe location
- Shut the engine off (for vehicles with keyless ignition, familiarize yourself with how to turn the vehicle off when it is moving – this may be a different action than turning the vehicle off when it is stationary).
- Call your dealer or repair shop to pick up the vehicle. Do not drive it.
For more information on the recall, you can call the Toyota Experience Center at 800-331-4331; the Lexus Customer Assistance Center at 800-255-3987; or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Hotline at 888-327-4236.
And for more on what to do if you have a stuck accelerator, along with a timeline and index of stories on this issue, and a complete list of the vehicles affected, visit our summary page, Toyota And Lexus Recall: Everything You Need To Know