Toyota Recall

Toyota NewsAt the end of 2009 and start of 2010 one of the largest automakers Toyota Motors Corp. initiated three recalls following a large number of reports about vehicles experiencing unintended acceleration.

As confirmed by NASA report unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles was due to sticking accelerator pedal and floor mat entrapment. Total number of recalled vehicles is merely 9 millions.
Below is a list of Toyota vehicles included in the floor mat recall (inf. From Toyota official site)

·   2003-2009 4Runner

·   2005-2010 Avalon

·   2007-2010 Camry

·   2009-2010 Corolla

·   2008-2010 Highlander

·   2009-2010 Matrix

·   2004-2009 Prius

·   2006-2010 RAV4

·   2005-2010 Tacoma

·   2007-2010 Tundra

·   2009-2010 Venza

The following Toyota cars were recalled because of sticking accelerator pedal (inf. From Toyota official site):

·   Certain 2009-2010 RAV4

·   Certain 2009-2010 Corolla

·   2009-2010 Matrix

·   2005-2010 Avalon

·   Certain 2007-2010 Camry

·   Certain 2009 Camry Hybrid

·   Certain 2010 Highlander

·   2007-2010 Tundra

·   2008-2010 Sequoia

Major part of Camry hybrids as well as Highlander hybrids is not included.  Corolla, Camry and Highlander cars with Vehicle Identification number (VIN) beginning with “J” are not involved in the recall.
Owners of Toyota vehicles involved in floor mat recall are recommended to remove floor mat and to take the vehicle to authorized Toyota dealer. At the service center the accelerator pedal will be reshaped in order to eliminate a possibility of floor mat entrapment. In Toyota Avalon and Camry vehicles the floor surface underneath the pedal will be reshaped too. Vehicles will also be provided with newly-designed all-weather mats.

Those who have Toyota vehicles involved in sticking pedal recall should follow the instructions prescribed by Toyota if the problem occurred before contacting an official dealer for assistance. When a stuck pedal occurs while driving Toyota recommends to shift the vehicle`s transmission to neutral (N) position and use the brakes for complete stop. If it`s unable to turn transmission to neutral, the driver must turn off the engine. A driver can stop the car by pushing Engine Start/Stop button (if his vehicle is equipped with such) or turning a conventional key ignition to ACC position. Remember, not to remove key from the ignition, or the steering wheel will be locked.

Solution of sticking pedal issue didn’t keep customers waiting; shortly after recall Toyota announced about it. Automaker suggests car owners to install a “precision-cut steel reinforcement bar” in order to minimize tension in friction device (consisting of “shoe” and adjoining surface). In a number of rigorous tests reinforced pedals proved their effectiveness. Installation of a new device will take only 30 minutes.
In 2010 Toyota Motor Corporation in addition to above mentioned vehicle-based remedies    introduced a new brake override system to be installed on the vehicles involved in the recall. It was designed to reduce engine power when the brake and accelerator pedals are applied simultaneously.  Called Smart Stop Technology the system became standard equipment on all new cars.

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