• Jan 21, 2010
Toyota has announced a new voluntary recall of approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct "sticking accelerator pedals" on eight specific Toyota models. The recall includes late model versions of the RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Tundra and Sequoia (follow the jump for the list of vehicles including model years). This recall is entirely separate from the one Toyota announced last September, its largest ever at approximately 4.2 million vehicles, involving "pedal entrapment" by floor mats that could cause unintended acceleration. That said, about 1.7 million vehicles out there on the roads are involved in both recalls, though no Lexus or Scion models are involved in the one announced today.

This particular recall addresses complaints by Toyota customers who have experienced unintended acceleration not caused by floor mats jamming the accelerator pedal down. In these cases, which Toyota says are rare, the pedal mechanism could be worn and "become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position."

A class action law suit filed against the automaker last November alleges that Toyota has known about this problem for four years and received 2,000 complaints. It also alleges that sticking accelerator pedals have resulted in 16 deaths and 243 injuries.

Last week, Automotive News reported that Toyota will also begin installing brake override systems in its vehicles beginning with the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES350. These systems would force the engine into idle if they detected the driver was trying to apply the brakes unsuccessfully. With two large recalls and the introduction of brake override systems, Toyota may have finally covered all the bases when it comes to possible causes and solutions for its vehicles potentially taking off on their own. The court of public opinion, however, will decide if it could have moved more quickly doing so.



[Source: Toyota | Image: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty]

Toyota's accelerator pedal recall is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles:
• 2009-2010 RAV4,
• 2009-2010 Corolla,
• 2009-2010 Matrix,
• 2005-2010 Avalon,
• 2007-2010 Camry,
• 2010 Highlander,
• 2007-2010 Tundra,
• 2008-2010 Sequoia


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Toyota Files Voluntary Safety Recall on Select Toyota Division Vehicles for Sticking Accelerator Pedal

• Lexus and Scion Models Not Affected
• Filing Addresses Isolated Customer Complaints
• Separate From On-Going Recall Involving Floor Mat Pedal Entrapment Issue

TORRANCE, Calif., January 21, 2010 -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. This action is separate from the on-going recall of approximately 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats. Approximately 1.7 million Toyota Division vehicles are subject to both separate recall actions.
"In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats," said TMS Group Vice President Irv Miller. "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."
Toyota's accelerator pedal recall is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles:
• 2009-2010 RAV4,
• 2009-2010 Corolla,
• 2009-2010 Matrix,
• 2005-2010 Avalon,
• 2007-2010 Camry,
• 2010 Highlander,
• 2007-2010 Tundra,
• 2008-2010 Sequoia
No Lexus Division or Scion vehicles are affected by this recall action. Also not affected are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids.
The condition is rare, but can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn and, in certain conditions, the accelerator pedal may become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position. Toyota is working quickly to prepare the correction remedy.
In the event that a driver experiences an accelerator pedal that sticks in a partial open throttle position or returns slowly to idle position, the vehicle can be controlled with firm and steady application of the brakes. 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.
Toyota will continue to investigate incidents of unwanted acceleration and take appropriate measures to address any trends that are identified.
Toyota owners who have questions or concerns should contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
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The latest news about Toyota's consumer safety advisory for potential floor mat interference with the accelerator pedal in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles:
Toyota USA Update on Safety Advisory - Video (Nov. 2, 2009/Updated Nov. 5, 2009)

NHTSA report (Nov. 2, 2009)
Toyota owner letter (Nov. 2, 2009)


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do I have this urge to buy my x-wife a Toyota?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota obviously didn't learn that being the biggest doesn't equate to being the best. In it's relentless pursuit of "imperfection" Toyota has damaged some of the goodwill that they had with the American public. While I'm not a fan of Toyota or it's products, it would be sad for those employed in the states to suffer from their quest to become the biggest at all costs.
        Gina
        • 4 Years Ago
        We are all happy that Toyota may finally go down. However, my worries are with the Chinese carmakers that are coming to the USA very soon. Chery, BYD, and Honqi. Of course who would buy a car named Honqi in America?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the unprecedented LUCK they have had is running out!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota Motor issued its second large recall in two months on Thursday to fix a problem with accelerator pedals that can get stuck, causing vehicles to speed up unintentionally. The first recall was to fix a design flaw that could cause the gas pedal to become trapped under the floor mat. But the automaker continued to be dogged by reports of unintended acceleration and stuck pedals even in cases where the floor mats had been removed, a stopgap measure recommended by Toyota. November recall of 4.2 million vehicles that was the largest in Toyota’s history.
      http://www.macktruck.org/2010-toyota-4runner-trail-edition.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      here's a very easy fix for toyota and many people will agree: CABLE THROTTLE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      16 out of 2,300,000? that's 1 in 143,750. a little more than the chance of being struck by lightning. 16 "alleged" cases. there is no "force" that causes an accelerator to move towards the floor. drive by wire is used in all modern designed cars and airplanes. the programming is compartmentalized and linear and cannot jump to random conclusions. it must only follow a mathematical path based on the immediate previous calculation relative to electrical signal strength. the only way to increase electrical strength is to lower resistance. it is akin to your thermostat in your home turning itself up or down. it is not physically, mathematically or electrically possible. the only way is if the dial is turned. or if the dial is not turned back to zero if no heat is ever desired. another example is if you hit a number on your keypad calculator or keyboard. the only way an error occurs is if you hit the wrong key or if there is a linkage malfunction (ie. damaged key presses wrong position). a more reasonable and likely explanation has nothing to do with this statistically highly improbable occurrence. and that is only discovered when asked the very truth of “why”.

      “why” this is occurring has nothing to do with accelerators and unintended acceleration. It has to do with Toyota's unstoppable increasing dominance and decades ahead in production, innovation, engineering and design ability. The U.S. Government cannot and must not let this continue. Toyota is not so stupid not to realize this. The Japanese are super sensitive to matters of “saving face”. They fully realize, understand and accept that GM must not fail. For GM to fail would be a signal to the world that the U.S. is weak, short sighted and incompetent. For this to occur would be to let down all of mankind. The American people and the U.S. Government are very good and highly trusted friends of Japan and it's people. The American people helped and allowed Japanese companies to grow, prosper and succeed beyond imagination on American soil. In the long term this will not damage Toyota in any significant way. Perrier, Johnson and Johnson, and Maple leaf come to mind. The Japanese and USA are like best friends. You do not capitalize on the suffering of each other. GM and Toyota have ties. Joint ventures and sharing of technologies. In their positions, it is either us against each other or us against all others. The recent developments is the indication of what direction was taken. Don't think for a moment that any of us can comprehend, understand or realize how forces beyond shape our beliefs, opinions and values from where we are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering how quickly people forgot about Ford's ~14 million vehicle recall over 10 years for the cruise control fires, I doubt this will hurt Toyota much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Keep in mind, the cruise control control switch in question for Ford was NOT made by Ford but by a third party.

        This is very much a Toyota internal design flaw that seems to have been downplayed (covered up?) as much as possible by Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Which automaker chose to use those switches in the first place and didn't have the proper QC in place to ensure there was no problem with them? Ford did. And which automaker chose to use those switches years after they became the major suspect in the recalls? Ford did. Which automaker chose to gradually make recalls over the span of a decade? Ford did. Which automaker is in court fighting at least 13 lawsuits involving the death of customers? Ford is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haven't more people died in 73-87 GM Pickup Truck fire/explosions? The NHTSA states that over 1,800 people were killed in fire crashes involving these trucks from 1973 through 2000....
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's true, because Toyota is still riding on their reputation of reliability from the 90's/80's.

        I wonder how many crashes this has caused, in addition to the deaths and injuries..

        But yeah, the ford cruise control switch debacle went on from 1992-2003 and affected 16 million vehicles. From what i heard, only 13 people died.

        Hm.. jumping out of a non-moving flaming car or a 60mph+ hell-ride. Like a really bad choose your own adventure book, lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        From what I've read, there's at least 13 wrongful death lawsuits against Ford for the problem. That doesn't mean that's the number of people that have died. They could've settled it out of the courts in many cases. Also, most of the cases happened when the vehicles weren't running, and the biggest consequence has been that people have had their homes burned down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ngiotta, care to give us a link to your claim? Or are you trying to divert attention?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like Toyota is hitting every branch on their rapid descent down. I couldn't be happier ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I trust Nissan better Than Toyota
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Toyota's gonna take the 'most recalled vehicles per year' award this year too, or at least they are making a strong start on the competition ;)

      It's nice to hear them actually admit wrongdoing
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's just it, they have yet to say it's a design flaw of any type. Even though they are now adding the override system all of a sudden.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To show how big a lair Toyota is even after the 4 people got killed and most of you riceballs blamed everything in the world it was the drivers fault,

      Then we were supposed to believe the hype about a floor mat, more people are still dying and as shown below the last deaths they found the hack job on floor mat had been done and still Americans dying with the blatant lies as japan thinks their crap does not stink and just kill people with what they claim is the best quality on the market.

      Toyota, which launched the largest auto recall in U.S. history last fall after incidents of random acceleration resulting in fatalities, has just announced an additional recall of 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals. The recall was announced late Thursday afternoon, after ABC News informed the company that the latest in a long series of ABC News investigative reports into sudden unexplained acceleration in Toyotas was about to air.

      Safety expert Sean Kane tells ABC News that since last fall, when Toyota said it had solved the acceleration problem with proposed changes to gas pedals and a recall of 4.2 million cars with suspect floor mats,

      more than 60 new cases of runaway Toyotas have been reported with the fixes being done !
      He believes this latest recall may still not be a complete fix of a problem that continues to be linked with serious accidents and deaths.

      In the most tragic incident, on the day after Christmas, four people died in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, when a 2008 Toyota sped off the road, through a fence and landed upside down in a pond.

      The car's floor mats were found in the trunk of the car, where owners had been advised to put them as part of the recall.
      So no mat on floor at all and still japan killed these people and why this new so called recall which the feds are forcing TOY ota to fix and quit lying about the real cause.

      "There's one thing that didn't cause the accident," said Southlake police spokesman Lt. Ben Brown.

      Federal safety investigators have joined in the investigation, according to Lt. Brown.

      Toyota executives had insisted in November that the recall of the floor mats in certain models and a proposed redesign of the accelerator pedal would fix the problem but 60 more crashes says otherwise

      Reports of possible electronic problems or on-board computer glitches were strongly denied by the Toyota executives. "There is no evidence to support these theories," said Bob Daily, a Toyota executive. ( did they say that on a Sunday morning ?)

      But the continued reports of runaway Toyotas since the November recall have shaken the company's firm denials.

      In another case, in New Jersey, a Toyota owner was able to make it to a local dealer with his car racing out of control, even though his foot was not on the gas pedal and the floor mats were not involved !

      Kevin Haggerty, a salesman from Pittstown, New Jersey, said he had seen an ABCNews.com report about how to control a car experiencing unexpected acceleration -- by shifting into neutral

      With his brakes smoking, and the engine racing, Haggerty summoned a Toyota manager to witness what was happening with his car.

      Haggerty says after consulting with Toyota, the local dealer replaced the gas pedal and throttle and their sensors.

      "We now have that evidence right in front of Toyota, they're witnessing it and they can't walk away from it," said safety analyst Kane.

      "The Haggerty case is a real breakthrough case," he said. "It's a real problem and it points to electronic defects in the vehicle."

      Dozens of other Toyota owners had made similar claims about electronic problems with their cars, unconnected to floor mates, over the last few years, but they were routinely dismissed by Toyota as unfounded.

      The latest recall, announced Thursday, affects the RAV4, Corolla, and Matrix models from 2009 and 2010, Avalons from model years 2005 to 2010, Camrys from 2007 to 2010, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007 to 2010 Tundra and the 2008 to 2010 Sequoias. About 1.7 million of the vehicles cited are also affected by the earlier recall.

      The company says this action is separate from fall's recall of 4.2 million cars to replace floor mats and alter accelerator pedals. The company had blamed floor mats for many of the acceleration incidents. An ABC News investigation, however, found that many drivers and safety experts rejected this explanation, asking instead if there was an issue with the electronic components that control acceleration.

      Toyota says the recall of the "sticking gas pedals" covers Haggerty's problem, but he says his gas pedal was never stuck.

      In its statements, Toyota does not claim the "stic
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are so full of ****ing ****.

        Go play with your pushrod plastic dinosaur and STFU already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like all you pansies who complained of Toyota's unsafe cars to read the following. Any of the recalled vehicles can come to a complete stop at FULL THROTTLE. Yes. And braking distances only increase 20 feet when comparing no throttle at 70mph to full throttle at 70mph. These are cars with 200+ horsepower as well(a car tested at over 500hp's stopping distance at 110mph with Fthrottle and Nthrottle was tested at a little over 100 more feet which is pretty impressive). Why somebody wouldn't be able to come to a complete stop or shift into nuetral confuses me, surely there is a form of driver error with a few of these cases.
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