Toyota Europe Admits Knowing about Sticky Pedal Since 2007
"We are aware of Germany newspaper reports and have investigated that thoroughly as it appeared yesterday evening," a Toyota Europe spokesman told just-auto.com.
Toyota does admit however the accelerator failed, but only after it has been subjected to severe testing. The testing is being done by external companies, who found the accelerator in the Auris can become stuck.
"We really want to put the facts straight. We have extensive testing for all our vehicles under intense conditions - one of those tests is the European durability test which is driving vehicles 100,000km for six months under very severe conditions for up to 15 hours per day with different loads."
"Indeed a feeling of sticky accelerator pedal was reported in 2007. That is true. The vehicle had been driven for more than 80,000km. We sent everything back to Japan for analysis and we did not manage to reproduce this sticky pedal feeling."
Toyota decided to recall 1.8 million vehicles in Europe, involving 8 models: 2005-2009 Aygo, 2008-2009 iQ, 2005-2009 Yaris, 2006-2009 Corolla, 2006-2010 Auris, 2009-2010 Verso, 2008-2009 Avensis and 2005-2009 RAV4.
Unlike in the US, Toyota said there will be no need to halt production at its European facilities.
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The Consumer Reports video and Toyota?s website are broadcasting dangerous instructions about this problem. I am seeing this everywhere because all websites are simply repeating the Consumer Reports video. The video was made on a test track and does not address a real life situation. The instruction to put both feet on the brakes and press hard then put your car in neutral is crazy. The car is going to suddenly skid and you could be in heavy traffic. Anyone who follows these instructions in traffic could die. Here are the instructions I sent my children.
1) Do not turn off the ignition.
2) Do not pump the brakes.
3) Do not suddenly swerve right in an effort to get off the road.
4) Looking straight ahead, immediately put your foot on the brake and press down slightly, and then put the transmission in neutral. At the same time, and while maintaining your place in traffic, turn on your right turn signal and only then begin looking for a safe place to pull over and stop.
5) Drive as far as you have to, even though the engine is roaring. Repeat ?stay calm? to yourself over and over.
6) Slow the car gradually depending on how far you have to go in order to bring the car to a safe stop. If that is going to be a long way, you will need to maintain speed and go with the traffic for some distance. You may have to pull into a side street or parking lot. In that case, you will need to drift with enough power to do that.
7) When you are stopped in a safe place, shut off the ignition.
8) IMPORTANT: Mentally go through this routine several times over the next few days. While driving in traffic, imagine that your accelerator sticks and role-play what you would do. Teach yourself how to put your car in neutral without looking at the shifter.