Toyota Recall for Gas Pedal

by Toyota in the News on January 29, 2010

A major vehicle recall from one of the largest vehicle manufacturing companies in the world was announced on January 21, 2010. Toyota announced that it had recalled over 2.3 million vehicles in the United States in order to fix the accelerator pedal in each vehicle. The problem with the pedal is that it can become stuck in the down position, causing the vehicle to gain speed without prompting from the operator and causing difficulty when trying to break. This recall is not the first major recall from Toyota lately and is just one problem facing Toyota when it comes to production of their vehicles.

The following list includes all of the Toyota vehicles affected by the recall:

·       2009-2010 RAV4
·       2009-2010 Corolla
·       2009-2010 Matrix
·       2005-2010 Avalon
·       2007-2010 Camry
·       2010 Highlander
·       2007-2010 Tundra
·       2008-2010 Sequoia

The previous recall from Toyota came only a couple of months ago when 4.2 million vehicles were recalled because of the accelerator pedal.  Toyota feared the accelerator pedal being stuck under the vehicle’s floor mats, which could cause sudden and uncontrolled acceleration of the vehicle.  This original problem involved hundreds of accidents, including one that caused the death of four people.  A Lexus accelerated to more than 120 MPH, crashing in San Diego, where all four occupants of the vehicle died.

This most recent recall has been announced because of a mechanical problem with the accelerator, which does not include the floor mats of the vehicle.  A mechanical problem within the accelerator can cause it to become stuck. According to San Antonio Toyota, The recall of 4.2 million vehicles in 2009 was the sixth largest recall of motor vehicles in the history of the United States. The recent recalls from Toyota have damaged their reputation as builders of safe, dependable,and high-quality vehicles.

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More details posted soon about Toyota recalls.

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