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Toyota Recalls 2.3 Million Toyota Models for Sticking Throttle Pedal; Including Highlander, Tundra, RAV4

Scott Evans
Jan 21, 2010
Photographers: Courtesy of the Manufacturer
Toyota announced today that it is voluntarily recalling 2.3 million Toyota brand vehicles to repair a sticking gas pedal, a recall that the automaker says is unrelated to a similar recall the automaker has out for improperly installed floor mats.
"In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats," said Toyota Group Vice President Irv Miller in a statement. "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."
Photo 2/5   |   2009 Toyota Sequoia front View
Toyota has found that, in some cases, the throttle pedal mechanism can get worn out making it harder to press, slow to release when your foot is removed or possibly even stick in a depressed position with the throttle open. Toyota will only say that they are working on a repair, but has not said if it will repair the worn-out units or replace them.
Photo 3/5   |   2010 Toyota Tundra Front Three Quarters View Driver 2
Should your throttle stick, Toyota recommends standing on the brakes until the vehicle stops, then turning the vehicle off. Do not pump the brakes as it will reduce the vacuum assist, making stopping more difficult.
The recall affects the following vehicles. No Lexus or Scion vehicles are affected.
Photo 4/5   |   2010 Toyota Rav4 front Three Quarters View
-- 2009-2010 RAV4
-- 2009-2010 Corolla
-- 2009-2010 Matrix
-- 2005-2010 Avalon
-- 2007-2010 Camry
-- 2010 Highlander
-- 2007-2010 Tundra
-- 2008-2010 Sequoia
Toyota says that this recall, despite posing a similar hazard, is not related to the much-publicized floor mat recall currently in place for some 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus models. However, the automaker says that roughly 1.7 million Toyota brand vehicles are affected by both recalls. Toyota is continuing to investigate all cases of unintended acceleration.
Photo 5/5   |   2010 Toyota Highlander
Source: Toyota

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