Floor mats that lock accelerator pedal prompt 2.3 million-vehicle recall
Things have been tough for the automobile industry this past year. Gross overestimation of public demand, corporate mismanagement and a marked decline in sales left America’s automakers at the government’s doorstep crying for handouts. The scenario for automakers abroad wasn’t much different. That’s why the recent Toyota recall (see list here!) couldn’t have come at a worse time. Toyota had already unveiled a 2.3 million car recall. Now eight models have been suspended from U.S. sales so that a gas pedal problem can be fixed. That will take 57 percent of 2009 U.S. sales numbers off the table, says The Wall Street Journal. Various sources indicate that Toyota lost $7.1 billion in 2009. Their reputation for reliable cars had been solid.
What has caused this trouble?
It has been discovered that the design of the gas pedal mechanism is such that the pedal can become stuck, causing sudden acceleration. The defective parts are apparently used in Toyotas in the U.S. and Europe. Toyota may have to recall two million cars in the latter, too.
What if it happens to you?
Deputy Online Editor Jeff Bartlett of Consumer Reports says that it’s a progressive problem, so early action is recommended. “Drivers who experience sudden acceleration should put the transmission into neutral,” he says. Don’t just pump the brakes. Get out of gear to eliminate additional acceleration; you’ll still be able to steer and brake.
Models on the Toyota recall list
If you own one of these model Toyotas, don’t panic. According to the Christian Science Monitor, call your dealership to arrange an inspection. Toyota also has a hotline at (800) 331-4331 for more info. Here are the models on the Toyota recall list:
- RAV4 (2009-10)
- Corolla (2009-10)
- Camry (2007-10)
- Matrix hatchback (2009-10)
- Avalon large-size sedan (2005-10)
- Highlander crossover (2010)
- Tundra pickup (2007-10)
- Sequoia large SUV (2008-10)
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