Official Recommendations for Toyota's Sticking Accelerator

As we're sure you know, Toyota is trying to deal with its largest recall ever - approximately 4 million cars are affected by what appears to be a safety issues concerning the accelerator pedal. Although some voices said that the problem was actually caused by some incompatible floor mats - which blocked the accelerator pedal and continued accelerating the car - it seems like it all happens due to a faulty pedal that could get stuck in some cases.

Obviously, dealing with such a problem could prove to be extremely difficult, especially in an "against the clock" case. However, Toyota issued a Frequently Asked Questions article regarding the problem that could give you some recommendations on how to act if your car is affected by the faulty pedal.

Here are the official advices, as provided by Toyota:

  • Each circumstance may vary, and drivers must use their best judgment, but Toyota recommends taking one of following actions:
  • If you need to stop immediately, the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal with both feet using firm and steady pressure. Do not pump the brake pedal as it will deplete the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist.
  • 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. 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.

For more information on the recall, follow this link.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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