Sudden acceleration prompts Toyota to recall nearly 4 million vehicles
Toyota Motor Corp. announced on September 29, 2009 that it would launch its largest recall ever over concerns that many of its cars can accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. Both Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been aware of the problem since 2007, when the car manufacturer started receiving the first reports of unintended acceleration in some of its most popular cars – incidents that often ended tragically in injury and death.
Investigations conducted by Toyota and the NHTSA pointed to driver’s side floor mats as the problem. Improperly secured floor mats could slide forward and jam the gas pedal in fully open position, causing the vehicle to speed uncontrollably. When the engine throttle plate is open, the braking system’s vacuum power assist can’t be adequately replenished and the ability to brake is significantly diminished. Some Toyota owners, however, insist that the floor mats aren’t the problem and say they have experienced unintended acceleration with the mats properly in place and even with no mats at all.
Unintended acceleration has led to some violent high-speed crashes and tragic deaths. Referring to some high-profile incidents in which Toyotas raced out of control, Toyota’s President, Akio Toyoda offered a public apology.
“Customers bought our cars because they thought they were the safest. But now we have given them cause for grave concern. I can’t begin to express my remorse.”
What vehicles are included in Toyota’s recall?
Toyota will send recall notices to the owners of these vehicles:
- 2007 – 2010 Camry
- 2005 – 2010 Avalon
- 2004 – 2009 Prius
- 2005 – 2010 Tacoma
- 2007 – 2010 Tundra
Toyota and the NHTSA urge consumers who drive one of the affected cars to remove the driver’s side floor mat immediately and operate the vehicle without a mat until further notice. Instructions on what to do in the event of an unintended acceleration can be seen on Toyota’s website.
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