It seems this pair of weld nuts on the 2007-2010 Toyota Camry and 2005-2010 Avalon are occasionally stripped during the process of performing one of two recalls instituted last year by Toyota – either inserting a little metal spacer in the throttle pedals in order to ensure the pedals don't stick in the open position or when slicing three-quarters of an inch off the bottom of the pedals so that they can't interfere with the floor mats.
According to Toyota, it's not particularly uncommon for nuts such as this to become stripped when removed, which is certainly true. Where some reports differ from Toyota's own statement is whether or not owners prompted the secondary repairs after noticing that their pedals weren't firmly attached to their cars after the original recalls were completed.
Consumer Reports writes that "as many as 500 owners of those cars have complained of gas pedals that feel loose or have play side-to-side." Toyota, on the other hand, claims that "no customer vehicles on the road are affected" and that "suggestions that this TSB was issued to resolve customer complaints about accelerator pedal feel after the recall or that this TSB is a recall are wrong."
Whose report is accurate? That's up for discussion. Feel free to read Toyota's official statement after the jump and read CR's initial report here and try to figure out this mess for yourself.
[Sources: Consumer Reports, Toyota]
Some recent media reports have inaccurately characterized a Toyota Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) involving certain Camry, Camry Hybrid and Avalon as a recall, or have implied that customer vehicles may not have been repaired correctly. Toyota is providing the following facts to clarify and prevent potential misinformation.
On November 30, 2010, Toyota issued a Technical Service Bulletin that instructs technicians how to repair two weld nuts that may be damaged when removing the bolts used to attach the accelerator pedal to the bulkhead.
The TSB was issued following inquiries to the Toyota Technical Assistance System by a few technicians who were instructed how to repair the weld nuts prior to returning the vehicle to its owner. Since repair of the weld nuts is an extremely rare repair, the information is not included in the repair manual and the purpose of a TSB is to provide such information as needed.
As with any threaded fastener, the weld nuts may accidentally be stripped when removed. In the unlikely case when a threaded weld nut is stripped, technicians repair the weld nuts before returning the vehicle to operation. No customer vehicles on the road are affected.
Suggestions that this TSB was issued to resolve customer complaints about accelerator pedal feel after the recall or that this TSB is a recall are wrong. No TSB is planned for other models since this component is unique to the Camry and Avalon platform.
Toyota has completed over 5 million accelerator pedal entrapment and sticking pedal remedies which require removal of the accelerator pedal, including over 1.3 million Camrys and 265K Avalons. In the course of servicing so many vehicles, occasional questions about the procedure and guidance to technicians is not uncommon.
For general information about Technical Service Bulletins, please see: