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Toyota Recall

Here are the vehicles affected by the recall:

Toyota’s accelerator pedal recall is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles:

• Certain 2009-2010 RAV4,
• Certain 2009-2010 Corolla,
• 2009-2010 Matrix,
• 2005-2010 Avalon,
• Certain 2007-2010 Camry,
• Certain 2010 Highlander,
• 2007-2010 Tundra,
• 2008-2010 Sequoia

Here is the recommendation from Toyota's website if you drive one of the possibly affected vehicles:

In the event that a driver experiences an accelerator pedal that sticks in a partial open throttle position or returns slowly to idle position, the vehicle can be controlled with firm and steady application of the brakes. The brakes should not be pumped repeatedly because it could deplete vacuum assist, requiring stronger brake pedal pressure. The vehicle should be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance.

Here is the press release announcing the recall decision:

The decision to recall more than 2.3 million Toyota

“Our investigation indicates that there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. Consistent with our commitment to the safety of our cars and our customers, we have initiated this voluntary recall action.”

Does this mean that if I drive one of these vehicles, that I will experience the problem?

Not necessarily. Early indications are that not all vehicles contain the accelorator pedal manufactured for Toyota by CTS. Even if it does, not all of these cars will experience the problem.

What is the remedy?

Toyota has gotten approval for its plan to fix or replace cars that are recalled and it will be announced to the public on February 1st 2010.

How long before my vehicle gets fixed or repaired?

This is a tough question to answer. Because of the number of vehicles being recalled, it will take months for Toyota to have enough of the gas pedals made before being able to fix the problem.
Also, I would assume that current drivers would be the first priority, followed by vehicles already at or in transit to dealerships, and then cars to be made at the factory.
Either way, Toyota will lose many millions of dollars because of the problem as well as a loss of quality perception that will hurt them permanaently.

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