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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 sigmatau on 2/1/2010 11:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
You can actualy just press the brakes and the car will stop just a little bit longer than if the engine was not trying to accelerate. On a Camry, if you just ignored everything else going on in the car, if you just used the brakes, you can stop the car about 10-20 feet longer than if you tried it without the car's engine going crazy.

Many of these cars have push ignitions so it may not be obvious how to turn it off during an emergency. You have to hold the ignition button for about 4 seconds to cut the engine which could be an eternity in an accident.

Shifting to neutral would be the obvious thing to do. All cars kill the engine's power transfer to the wheels when you go into neutral. Your engine may still be revving if you do this but who cares?

So best bet is neutral/brakes imo.

RE: Software upgrade?
By kkwst2 on 2/2/2010 1:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Apparently in some instances people are claiming that they could not overcome the acceleration with the brakes, but these are the same people who couldn't think enough to put he car in neutral, so I'm not sure I believe it.

This is obviously a problem, but the lack of common sense out there is a little disappointing. Didn't we all take a couple minutes to think out what we'd do in this situation the first time we heard about this. I know I did.

In order...brakes, neutral, e-brake, kill ignition, and last ditch effort look for a sand pit or barrier to grind the side of the car against if all else fails....but I have a hard time believing you'd ever have to come to that!

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