However, the latest news coming from
the Toyota camp threatens to take quite a bit of wind out of the
automaker's sails. What was once thought just to be just a problem
installed floor mats has turned into a much more complicated
issue. Last week, Toyota issued
a recall for 2.3 million vehicles to fix problems with the
Yesterday, however, Toyota took the
drastic model to announced the suspension
of sales for eight vehicle models in the U.S. -- effective
February 1 -- including the best selling car in America: the Toyota
Camry. "Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking
accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence
of floor mats," the company said in a press release. "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."
The full list of affected vehicles
2007-2010 Camry (excluding hybrid models)
2010 Highlander (excluding hybrid models)
"This unprecedented automotive
decision indicates how serious a safety problem this is,"
Edmunds.com senior analyst Michelle Krebs told
Reuters. "We've gone from floor mats to recalls for
wear items to a full shutdown, and I can't help but think that the
company's credibility is being called into question."
All affected models are either built in
the U.S. or Canada. In addition, all affected models have accelerator
pedals that come from a single supplier, CTS. Toyota is now working with CTS to fix the problem at hand so that the planned stoppage
of vehicle sales doesn't go on for too long.
"In this highly competitive
market, no automaker -- not even Toyota -- can afford to stop selling
its cars and trucks for long, but perhaps Toyota is banking on the
idea that customers will appreciate the priority of their safety in
this decision," added Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica
Updated 1/27/2010 @ 5:43pm EST
In a true showing of kicking a company while it's down, GM is now offering a $1,000 trade-in rebate (or free financing) to any customer that trades in a Toyota vehicle to purchase a new GM vehicle.
quote: Sorry, but putting it into neutral when coasting down hill is doing nothing useful.
quote: Toyota has built up a reputation in American for reliability, safety, and overall quality.
quote: The new administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, David Strickland, said today Toyota's decision to halt sales "was an aggressive one and was the legally and morally correct thing to do.Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told Chicago radio station WGN that the government asked Toyota to stop selling the vehicles.LaHood said, "The reason Toyota decided to do the recall and to stop manufacturing was because we asked them to."A Toyota spokesman, Mike Michels, said Tuesday the automaker expects to have a remedy in "weeks, not months." Officials said NHTSA first contacted Toyota Friday, after seeing news reports of Toyota's plans to continue selling defective vehicles.It wasn't until around noon on Tuesday that Toyota informed safety regulators it would halt sales.Under Chapter 301 of the Motor Safety Code, Toyota can't continue to sell the defective vehicles unless it has a remedy.Strickland said in taking the action "Toyota was complying with the law.""They consulted with the agency. We informed them of the obligations, and they complied," he said.From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100127/AUTO01/127...
quote: That's what happens when Toyota decides to move almost all production to the U.S. and rely on our workers to get the job done.Be it things get lost in translation... or our renowned work ethic of just getting by and calling it a day.
quote: Do you have any evidence at all that there are ANY "parameters for the switch" into neutral?
quote: This is the recommended procedure for people who have the acceleration problem.
quote: I suspect you are wrong about the way electronic automobile controls work in general.
quote: I suspect you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about nor do you any idea about my experience.
quote: This is a deliberate design decision.
quote: I urge you to stop fantasizing about what you claim you can program a car to do and get in a car and see if you can shift into neutral the way it IS programmed.
quote: If you knew exactly, you'd have then provided that evidence instead of just a vague "yes a bit".
quote: You have vaguely implied that because some computer controls are interdependent on other sensor readings, this proves transmission shifting into neutral is.
quote: You go on with unrelated things like that we now have anti-lock brakes, or that there are programming routines for engine operation.
quote: What you have not done is provide any evidence nor even a shred of logical indication that there would be a default lockout condition in shifting to neutral.
quote: THAT is what Toyota recommends, now, for these exact problems, not some hypothetical car from decades ago you seem to have assumed I meant.....Bottom Line: Shifting into neutral is a recommended step by both Toyota directly, and the NHTSA.
quote: Basically, hardlinked automatics without the TC. I don't have enough experience with them to know exactly how those internals work.
quote: Or turn the key off.
quote: In a true showing of kicking a company while it's down, GM is now offering a $1,000 trade-in rebate (or free financing) to any customer ...