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Toyota Backpedals Furiously, Recalls 3.8M Vehicles For Faulty Accelerators

Posted in auto industry, Car Accessories, car modifications, Car Tech, Cars, Foreign Cars, Lexus, Maintenance, New Cars, Newsworthy, Safety, Toyota by Suzanne Denbow | November 25th, 2009 | 4 Responses |

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The accelerator pedal, right, in a 2010 Toyota Avalon is seen on the show room floor of Bobby Rahal Toyota in Mechanicsburg, Pa. , Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.

When the news of Toyota’s spontaneously accelerating vehicles first broke, it was in the form of a grisly accident in Texas involving a Lexus, a jammed accelerator pedal, and 3 unfortunate fatalities. In response to the outcry immediately following the accident Toyota released a 3.8 million vehicle recall, pinning the primary source of the problem on improperly secured floor mats. Suspecting something significantly more sinister at play, a class-action lawsuit sprung up in California alleging that the problem was not with wayward accessories but rather an intrinsic, and fatal, design flaw.

Today, just a few short weeks after the lawsuit was filed, Toyota has recalled the same group of vehicles affected by the flighty floor mats for a different issue: misshapen accelerator pedals. Apparently, Toyota reached the conclusion that jerry-rigging the floor mats was not enough to eliminate the problem entirely and although they have not admitted to any faulty engineering, they do appear to be treating the issue with considerably more severity. In addition to reconfiguring the shape of the accelerator pedal in all vehicles recalled (which includes the bulk of the current line-up), Toyota will also install a brake override system in Camry, Avalon, and Lexus ES 350, IS 350 and IS 250 models.

Toyota will begin notifying owners by the end of the year and dealerships will begin receiving vehicles for repair in April, assuming both the vehicle and the owner are still in one piece.

Source: AutoNews
Image Cred: AP Photo

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  1. “Today, just a few short weeks after the lawsuit was filed, Toyota has recalled the same group of vehicles affected by the flighty floor mats for a different issue: misshapen accelerator pedals.”

    Uhm, no, not just a few short weeks. Try several LONG years.
    This has been an issue since 2001, and perhaps longer.
    Toyota has been negligent in denying this to be anything but an engineering issue. Their claims of it being a “floor mat” issue is appalling, disgraceful, and caused so many untimely deaths. Toyota board members should be up on murder or at the very least negligent homicide charges, for ignoring this issue for so long!
    The National Highway Transportation Authority has said Toyota “was misleading and deceiving”.
    I’m never purchasing a Toyota because of this. Same with Lexus.

  2. Athina says:

    It happened with my 2000 Lexus GS300. I bought it in 2005 and the accelarator was stuck in 2007 going 30-40 mph. Happened 2nd time in Jan 2010 when my college aged daughter floored the pedal on the highway to pass.
    In 07 it was not public. I took it to the dealership where I had purchased it certified-pre-owned. They said they couldn’t reproduce the problem. I still have the repair invoice saying it was probably the mat. Now that it happened with my daughter (without a mat), I called the dealership and they said my model & year are not identified as having this problem. Well I identified it!! Good thing my daughter and I survived each incident without a scratch on the car. What if it happens again? I’m in NC in the US. What’s weird is that it happened 2x in 5 years of ownership with about 70,000 miles driven.

    My parents have a Toyota Corolla which they bought new in Canada and shipped to Europe where they use it when on vacation each year. What if it happens to them on a narrow mountain road? They are scared. Who will look after this in Europe now??

  3. toney says:

    First of all, if your parents are driving a car intended for U.S. roads in most of Europe, they are unsafe regardless of the mechanical issues the car may or probably does not have. Driving on the left side of the road in a left side driver seat reduces visibility along the median of the road and limits a driver’s view of oncoming traffic. It’s a wreck waiting to happen.

  4. Bobby G says:

    Please, it’s a computer glitch, that’s pretty obvious by now. When these problems continue after “fixing” all these accelerators, then finally maybe some stronger action will be taken.