Toyota Confirms Accelerator Pedal Safety Glitch
Obviously, such a problem would cause the vehicle to continue accelerating and make it very difficult to brake, the company said, which could result in a crash, serious injury or even death in the worst cases.
As a result, the Japanese automaker will start a safety recall, with the following models to be concerned: 2007 - 2010 Camry, 2005 - 2010 Avalon, 2004 - 2009 Prius, 2005 - 2010 Tacoma, 2007 - 2010 Tundra, 2007 - 2010 ES350, 2006 - 2010 IS250 and IS350.
Until Toyota finally rolls out the safety recall information, here are some recommendations to deal with the aforementioned glitch (as provided by the Japanese carmaker):
- Pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the accelerator pedal; then pull over and stop the vehicle.
- If the floor mat cannot be dislodged, then firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do NOT pump the brake pedal repeatedly as this will increase the effort required to slow the vehicle.
- Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
- If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF, or to ACC. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.
- If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button.
- If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel.