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Toyota says some dealers will be open 24-hours a day to make repairs

In late January, Toyota announced that it would be suspending the sale of the Camry, one of the top selling Toyota vehicles, along with seven other models. The reason for the suspension was due to an issue with the throttle pedal that could cause the pedal to stick leading to vehicles that don’t return to idle when the driver removes his or her foot from the pedal.

At the time the recall and sales suspension was announced Toyota stated, "Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats. 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."

Toyota announced today that it has a plan to fix all vehicles covered by the accelerator pedal recall. The cause of the sticking pedals has been identified. Toyota reports that the issue with sticking pedals involves a friction device used in the pedal design to provide the proper pedal feel by introducing more resistance and making the pedal steady and stable in use. The friction device includes a shoe that rubs against an adjoining surface during normal operation. However, Toyota has determined that in some instances and environments the materials that the surfaces of the friction device can wear, and in some instances lead to the pedal being slow to return to idle or leaving the throttle partially open.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety and reliability of the vehicles our customers drive,” said Jim Lentz, president and Chief Operating Officer, TMS.  “We deeply regret the concern that our recalls have caused for our customers and we are doing everything we can – as fast as we can – to make things right. Stopping production is never an easy decision, but we are 100% confident it was the right decision. We know what’s causing the sticking accelerator pedals, and we know what we have to do to fix it. We also know it is most important to fix this problem in the cars on the road.”

The solution to the problem according to Toyota is a precision-cut steel reinforcement bar that will be installed into the friction assembly reducing the surface tension between the two surfaces of the device, eliminating excess friction that can cause the pedal to stick. Toyota says that it has confirmed the effectiveness of the new reinforced pedal assemblies through rigorous testing of pedals that were prone to stick before.

Lentz added, “We are focused on making this recall as simple and trouble-free as possible, and will work day and night with our dealers to fix recalled vehicles quickly. We want to demonstrate that our commitment to safety is as high as ever and that our commitment to our customers is unwavering.”

Toyota is suspending production of all affected vehicles for the week starting February 1 and is working with its dealer network to provide additional hours for consumers to get affected vehicles fixed. Toyota reports that some of its dealers will be operating 24 hours a day to fix affected vehicles covered under the recall.

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RE: Software upgrade?
By Thats Mr Gopher to you on 2/1/2010 2:21:28 PM , Rating: 5
1. I don't think you're too worried about harming your engine when your vehicle is accelerating to your imminent doom! :P. That said, yeah, taking the vehicle out of gear works fine to stop the vehicles.

2. With the engine turned off, regardless of automatic or manual transmission, you will lose power steering and brake assist (unless you have electric power steering). If you are strong enough to lift your own pants up in the morning than you are strong enough to control the vehicle to a stop without these systems.

Oh and @DUA1939 it's not a computer problem, it's a mechanical problem so no software fix but you'd probably have to have read the article to have known that and really who reads more than the headlines before going straight to comments?

RE: Software upgrade?
By DUA1939 on 2/1/2010 3:11:32 PM , Rating: 4
I understand it's a mechanical issue. The point is that the mechanical issue can be overcome in software in these drive by wire systems. That is if it's stuck wide open, and a person hits the brakes, it should "assume" there is a problem, and idle the gas. I think the brake signal should take priority over the gas signal as far as car computer goes. Yea, this might kill the ability to do burn outs (if even possible with these cars), but so what?

As far as power brakes and steering? Once engine is off there is also the emergency brake. I don't think anyone going to do a uturn when all they want to do is stop. So not a lot of steering effort would be needed especially if car is in motion. I've had my share of failed power steering systems, it's not that bad.

RE: Software upgrade?
By DUA1939 on 2/1/2010 3:25:05 PM , Rating: 2
I did say "However there should also be some software upgrade done " operative word being "also". I never said the problem is caused by software, but a software fix might help.

RE: Software upgrade?
By DUA1939 on 2/2/2010 6:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
Last post here, regarding "software" and Toyota:

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