• Jan 28, 2010
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If you need to announce another recall around the same time a controversial president is making his highly anticipated State of the Union address, you probably won't curse that particular luck. That is exactly what Toyota felt it needed to do, revealing yesterday evening that it's recalling a further 1.1 million cars to fix "pedal entrapment problems" caused by floor mats.

This action is tied to Toyota's largest recall ever last year of 4.26 million cars for the same issue, but is different than the recall of 2.3 million cars for a sticking accelerator announced last week. The new models in question are: Toyota reportedly has a number of fixes planned for all of the issues. Now it will just want the time to be able to focus on fixing them, without any more surprises. Hat tip to JT!



[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Karma's a bitch Toyota...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota should adopt a new theme song to help customers understand the impact of this recall to their resale values.

      I for one propose Free Fallin' by Tom Petty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think "Can't Stop" by Red Hot Chili Peppers would be more appropriate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      death by sudden acceleration and catastrophic impact is not a fun to go...........=-D............but I will still recommend a Toyota to anyone I don't like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a paint chipping problem with my black 2009 Toyota and was told that it was because some Toyota's now have GM bodies.
      There's an interesting article on GM and Toyota ending their long partnership but continuing to collaborate on safety and energy research.......hhhmm!
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11654151/ns/business-oil_and_energy/

      I think a few of you should be recalled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The bigger they are,the harder they fall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After giving the "pedal entrapment" issue the brush-off for so long, seems maybe it's a cover story for a re-flash of the ECU??

      /speculation
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't the recall from yesterday was for something else that isn't related to the floormat?

      • 4 Years Ago
      from: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/09q4/how_to_deal_with_unintended_acceleration-tech_dept

      "Since the advent of electronic throttle control, many automakers have added software to program the throttle to close—and therefore cut power—when the brakes are applied. Cars from BMW, Chrysler, Nissan/Infiniti, Porsche, and Volkswagen/Audi have this feature, and that’s precisely why the G37 aced this test. Even with the throttle floored and the vehicle accelerating briskly, stabbing the brakes causes the engine’s power to fade almost immediately... As a result of the unintended-acceleration investigation, Toyota is adding this feature posthaste."

      So, it looks like Toyota's throttle bodies have an inherent flaw: they're not programmed to close as soon as the brakes are applied. Interesting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, it's in the ECU, not in the throttle body. A signal from the stoplight switch or other sensor in the brake system (like a brake on-off switch or cruise control deactivation switch) would tell the ECU to cut power to the throttle servo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I read the comments that say this is not a big deal.

      I really think it is. I read all this and all I can think is, well, thank god I made that terrible decision and bought the Suburban that is supposed to be junk. In my case, it has been great in all respects, but I guess you folks who say it is junk, I believe you.

      But, I slept much better last night knowing that my junk of a car won't, however unlikely, have a throttle stick and potentially bring harm to my wife and kids who ride in it every day.

      When the time comes, which it has not, I will take the burban' to the shop and have whatever repair that needs done, which according to the folks here, would not have occured had I purchased a Sequioa, and smile about it. I am ok with a small inconvience of a repair when compared to the safety of my family.

      It will be a long time before I walk into a Toyota store; and if 500,000 people in the U.S think the same as me, Toyota has a serious problem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank god I haven't bought a car yet at 26. I don't trust modern tech one bit. I'd rather take the natural approach of using my legs or at the most take a bus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i feel bad for toyota. the way they were showing this in news.. got even me scared.. showing crashes, 911 call to crashes, cars in ditch, through walls.. etc. even where it was the drivers fault... it is now blamed on toyota
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota extending recall to Europe amid U.S. problems
      http://www.detnews.com/article/20100128/AUTO01/1280441/1148/auto01/Toyota-extending-recall-to-Europe-amid-U.S.-problems

      Toyota recall extends to China
      http://www.detnews.com/article/20100128/AUTO01/1280446/1148/auto01/Toyota-recall-extends-to-China



      Couldnt happen to the better car company. Godd bye Toyleta we will not miss you
      • 4 Years Ago
      People are so quick to call Toyota the new GM or to say Toyota is no going to die or something stupid like that. Toyota is going to suffer for a while, but they can bounce back. I see them dropping to number 3 or 4 in the world for a few years. It is sad that someone at Toyota did not chose to use technology that other companies had already been using to deal with stuck throttles. That was a clear example of trying to save a dime costing them a dollar, no more like millions of dollars.

      Toyota vehicles are known to last. If this throttle problem is truly fixed, I would say there will be some great deals on reliable Toyota vehicles coming soon. There is no way Toyota can avoid not offering massive deals to get customers back. Sadly, great deals will not be enough for many. Only time can make people feel good about Toyota again. If the next couple of years of vehicle production is clean, as in no safety recalls, then people will return to Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota definitely is the new "old GM":
        - brand new small car division made of FAIL - Scion instead of Saturn
        - corner cutting in car design & development
        - model bloat
        - declining build quality
        - spinmeisters stonewalling and burying product failure information
        - recall leader for safety issues

        Completely served & deserved!
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