As we all know, there is a HUGE problem with some pedals on Toyota cars, where the accelerator pedal gets stuck and there’s no way to stop the car. This recall is now affecting over eight million Toyotas, and there is no timetable for Toyota to fix the problem. This shocking and graphic 911 call of people who couldn’t stop their car is now famous, and it’s brutal hearing them crash at the end. Today, there was another crash possibly related to the same issue – the police aren’t sure at this point.
The models that are potential issues:
Certain 2007-2010 Camry
2010 Highlander except hybrid models,
A new warning now includes:
2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
What we do know is this.
From the FAQ on the Toyota website:
We’re making every effort to remedy this situation for our customers as quickly as possible.
Yesterday, they sent out an update (same link farther down on the page), a part of which is this:
Initially, dealers will be instructed on how to reshape the accelerator pedal for the repair. As replacement parts with the same shape as the modified pedal become available, they will be made available to the dealers for the repair. Customers who have had the pedal reshape remedy completed will have the opportunity to receive a new pedal if they desire, after replacement pedals become available.
In addition, Toyota will replace any Toyota all-weather floor mat in a subject vehicle with a newly designed mat, free of charge. For those customers who have the previous design all-weather floor mat but do not need or want the newly designed all-weather floor mat, Toyota will recover the previous design all-weather floor mat and reimburse its price.
Statement from Toyota on Supplier CTS
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) has been working closely with supplier CTS on a revised design that effectively remedies the problem associated with accelerator pedals. Pedals featuring the revised design are now in full production at CTS to support Toyota’s needs. Meanwhile, we are also working with them to test effective modifications to existing pedals in the field that will be rolled out as quickly as possible.
“We commend CTS for working diligently and collaboratively to find a solution to the potential problem and in developing a new design,” said Chris Nielsen, TEMA’s Vice President of Purchasing. “CTS is a long-term and valued supplier to us.”
From another article:
So, that’s it then? We just sit back and wait until they’ve made enough of them or have taught enough dealers how to fix them?
“The reason Toyota decided to do the recall and to stop manufacturing is that we asked them to,” Raymond LaHood, the Transportation secretary, said.
No big deal, it’s just the accelerator potentially getting stuck on my car.