Toyota announces another accelerator-related recall

posted on:
January 22, 2010

author:
KURT NILAND

Toyota announced today that it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles in an effort to correct sticking accelerator pedals. This recall is not related to the current on-going recall of 4.2 million Toyota cars and trucks for floor mat pedal entrapment, which Toyota says is the cause of so many reports of sudden and unintended acceleration.

“In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats,” said Irv Miller, vice president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.

Miller said that the company’s investigation of the complaints found that some of the mechanisms inside the accelerator pedal could cause the pedal to either stick in a depressed position, become harder to press, or return to idle too slowly. Miller added that Toyota believes these incidents are rare.

Vehicles included in this recall are limited to the following:

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

Toyota emphasizes that the recall does not affect Lexus and Scion models, but says that an additional 1.7 million vehicles remain subject to this recall and the sudden acceleration recall that was announced last September.

According to Toyota, the condition that causes the accelerator pedal occurs when the when the mechanisms become worn.

“In the event that a driver experiences an accelerator pedal that sticks in a partial open position or returns slowly to the idle position, the vehicle can be controlled with firm and steady application of the brakes,” Toyota said in a statement today.

“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,” the company said.

Toyota owners who have questions or concerns about the recall should contact the company by calling 800-331-4331. 

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