Today’s recall (which applies only to vehicles sold in the US) is in addition to the 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles already recalled to correct floor mats that could slide and trap the accelerator if not properly secured to the floor with retaining hooks.
Up to 1.7 million vehicles will be subject to both the ongoing recall and today’s new one.
Toyota Motor Sales Group Vice President, Irv Miller, said Toyota is working quickly to amend the latest accelerator problem.
“In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats.“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.”
Today’s accelerator pedal recall applies to the following vehicles:
- 2009-2010 RAV4
- 2009-2010 Corolla
- 2009-2010 Matrix
- 2005-2010 Avalon
- 2007-2010 Camry
- 2010 Highlander
- 2007-2010 Tundra
- 2008-2010 Sequoia
Toyota’s official press release continues:
“The condition is rare, but can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn and, in certain conditions, the accelerator pedal may become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position.“In the event that a driver experiences an accelerator pedal that sticks in a partial open throttle position or returns slowly to idle position, the vehicle can be controlled with firm and steady application of the brakes. The brakes should not be pumped repeatedly because it could deplete vacuum assist, requiring stronger brake pedal pressure. The vehicle should be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance.“Toyota will continue to investigate incidents of unwanted acceleration and take appropriate measures to address any trends that are identified.”
CarAdvice earlier this week reported on the case of a 2007 Toyota Avalon which experienced sudden unintended acceleration, which fits into today’s recall batch.