On January 21, Toyota announced eight vehicles in a recall list for sticky accelerator pedals. One Pontiac vehicle was also included in the list as it shares its assembly with the Toyota Matrix.
Toyota will begin messaging recall fixes and schedule a time for you to take your car into the dealership starting the week of February 1, 2010. Until that time, follow Toyota's guidelines in case you run into a problem with your vehicle. The full Toyota and Pontiac recall list appears at right.
Toyota and Pontiac Recall Models and Years
Note that the Pontiac Vibe is included in this recall list as it shares its platform and parts with the Toyota Matrix. No Lexus Division or Scion vehicles are affected by these actions. Also not appearing on the Toyota recall list are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids, which will remain for sale. Camry, RAV4, Corolla and Highlander vehicles with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) that begin with "J" are not affected by the accelerator pedal recall.
Each circumstance may vary, and drivers must use their best judgment, but Toyota recommends taking one of the following actions:
If you need to stop immediately, the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal with both feet using firm and steady pressure. Do not pump the brake pedal as it will deplete the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist.
Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.
If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button.
If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel.
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