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ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE
Toyota Recalls Millions of Cars
Toyota announced today that it will recall an additional 1.09 million vehicles in the United States because of problems with gas pedals and floor mats, which comes only a day after Toyota announced that it would suspend U.S. sales of eight models – including the Camry, America’s top-selling car – to fix faulty gas pedals that could stick and cause acceleration without warning. Last week, Toyota issued a recall for the same eight models, affecting 2.3 million vehicles. In late 2009, Toyota recalled 4.2 million vehicles over concerns that floor mats could bend across gas pedals, causing sudden acceleration.
The affected models are: 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander except hybrid models, 2007-2010 Tundra, 2008-2010 Sequoia.
Toyota stated that it would fix or replace the accelerator pedals for the recalled vehicles to avoid the risk of floor mat entrapment. The company said that it would replace floor mats as well for the latest recalled vehicles. Toyota has suspended sales of the affected models and halted production at six North American plants, with no date yet announced for production restoration.
In March of 2007, Toyota started getting reports of gas pedals being slow to rise after being depressed for acceleration. Engineers fixed the problem in the Tundra pickup early in 2008. Other private reports state that there have been thousands of incidents since 1999, but Toyota would not confirm any numbers.
Safety experts said drivers should watch for warning signs, such as when the act of pressing the gas pedal starts to feel rougher or when the pedal does not fully return to its regular position. Consumer Reports testers found the best thing to do is to hit the brake hard and hold it firmly, then shift into neutral and steer the car off the road, and drivers with affected gas pedals are advised not to pump the brake.
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