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Toyota Recalls Vehicles for Sticking Accelerator Pedals

January 24, 2010

TORRANCE, CA -- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals. 

Toyota's accelerator pedal recall is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles: 

  • 2009-2010 RAV4
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia 

This recall, the automaker said, is separate from the ongoing recall of approximately 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out-of-place accessory floor mats. Approximately 1.7 million Toyota Division vehicles are subject to both separate recall actions. 

"In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats," said TMS Group Vice President Irv Miller. "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." 

No Lexus Division or Scion vehicles are affected by this new recall action. Also not affected are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids.  

The condition is rare, Toyota said, 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."  

Toyota added that it is working quickly to prepare the correction remedy, and will "continue to investigate incidents of unwanted acceleration and take appropriate measures to address any trends that are identified." 

If a driver encounters 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 automaker advised in a released statement. 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, the automaker said. 

Toyota owners who have questions or concerns can reach the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331. 

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