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Toyota Recalls 2.3M Vehicles to Repair Accelerator Pedals

We all heard about Toyota's largest recall ever - approximately 3.8 million vehicles sold either under the Toyota or Lexus badge are equipped with incompatible floor mats that could block the accelerator pedal or, at least, this is the official reason - but things are getting more serious. This time, Toyota issued a notification concerning 2.3 million vehicles wearing the Toyota nameplate and not equipped with floor mats.
“In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats,” said TMS Group Vice President Irv Miller.

“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.”

The following models are concerned by Toyota's new recall:

  • 2009-2010 RAV4,
  • 2009-2010 Corolla,
  • 2009-2010 Matrix,
  • 2005-2010 Avalon,
  • 2007-2010 Camry,
  • 2010 Highlander,
  • 2007-2010 Tundra,
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia

According to the official recall information, the pedal can become harder to depress or slow to return. However, in some situations, the accelerator pedal can get stuck, just like it happened in the 3.8 million cars recall.

In case you're experiencing such a problem, Toyota recommends to push the brake pedal firm and steady and avoid pumping it repeatedly. "The vehicle should be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance," Toyota said in the release.
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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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