Following its recall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles because the
floor mat on the driver side could trap the accelerator pedal and cause
it to jam, Toyota has announced that it will remedy the auto defect by
replacing the gas pedal with a modified pedal while it develops a permanent
replacement pedal for the vehicles.
Toyota says it will shorten the gas pedal by approximately 20 millimeter and in some models the flooring will be changed to prevent the floor mat from interfering with the gas pedal. The auto manufacturer will also provide newly designed driver- and front-passenger all weather floor mats.
As an additional confidence measure, Toyota says a brake override system will be installed in some of the recalled vehicles. This is to ensure that the auto can be stopped in the event that the accelerator and brake pedals are activated at the same time. In the meantime, owners of the recalled vehicles are advised to take out the floor mat on the driver’s side and not replace them with another mat until the fixes have been made.
Toyota’s reputation for making safe cars has taken a beating in the last couple of months. This recall, its largest to date, was announced after four family members died in a California car accident because their Lexus ES 350 accelerated to about 100 mph and the car wouldn’t stop because the floor mat had jammed the gas pedal. The Saylors apparently aren’t the only ones who have experienced acceleration problems with their Toyota vehicle.
Also last week, Toyota announced the recall of 110,000 Tundra trucks (2000-2003 models). The recall in the US only affects pickup trucks in Washington DC and 20 US states where de-icing substances, such as road salts, might cause the truck’s frame to experience “excessive corrosion” that could dislodge the vehicle’s spare tire, creating a hazard for other vehicles, or damage the rear brake lines, which could cause brake failure.
The recall affects Tundras in Wisconsin, West Virginia, Vermont, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Delaware, and Connecticut.
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Toyota Announces Fix for Accelerator Pedal Entrapment Problem, NHTSA, November 25, 2009
Toyota recalls 100,000 Tundra trucks, CNN Money, November 24, 2009
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Toyota News Releases, Toyota
Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Vehicles, September 29, 2009
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