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NHTSA: Toyota Accelerator Problem "Serious Safety Issue"

It would appear that what began last year as a braking problem caused by a removable and easy-fixable floormat is turning into the mother of all nightmares for Japanese carmaker Toyota. And this in its biggest market, the US...

Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared itself pleased with Toyota's voluntary recall of 2.3 million vehicles (this in addition to the now 4.2 million recall announced in 2009), NHTSA deems the problem as being a “a serious safety issue,” New York Times reported.

The recall, the largest in Toyota's history involves 1.7 million vehicles which will be recalled for both problems – last year's alleged floormat and today's sticking accelerator pedal. For both problems, Toyota is recalling about 6 million vehicles...

According to what Toyota says, the two problems are unrelated. The sticking accelerator pedal was under investigation ever since 2007, but, coincidentally (?) only surfaced three years later, after a strangely similar incident affected the 4.2 million units.

Back to the current problem, this is how Toyota explains it.

“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.”


In 2009, the Japanese carmaker was the one with the biggest number of recalls in the US, with 4.9 million vehicles, of which 4.2 million were in connection with the floormats. Ford followed close behind, with 4.5 million vehicle, while GM ranked third, with half of Ford's figure.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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