It hasn’t been a good month for Toyota. The embattled auto manufacturer had to recall more than 2-million of its most popular vehicles because of problems with the gas pedal sticking in the Go! position. However, Toyota says it now has a fix for the sticky accelerators, and parts should be hitting the dealerships this week.
The issue of sticky accelerators gained national attention back on August 28, 2009 when a San Diego resident, a veteran of the California Highway Patrol, lost control of his Lexus ES350 and crashed, killing the patrolman and 3 of his family members. The initial investigation linked the uncontrollable acceleration to an improperly installed floor mat jamming the pedal, and Toyota recalled nearly 3.8-million cars in September, 2009 to fix the floor mat issue.
Unfortunately, the problem of uncontrollable acceleration went beyond floor mats. On January 21, 2010, Toyota recalled more than 2-million more cars for issues linked to sticking accelerator pedals. They even stopped production of the affected vehicles, an unprecedented move.
The good news for Toyota owners, though, is that the fix is in. Toyota announced on February 1, 2010 that corrective parts should be arriving at dealerships this week.
Here is a list of the recalled vehicles. If you own one, be sure to contact your dealership immediately:
- 2009-2010 Toyota RAV4
- 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla
- 2009-2010 Toyota Matrix
- 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
- 2007-2010 Toyota Camry
- 2010 Toyota Highlander
- 2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia
- 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
- 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe (the Vibe shares the same platform as the Matrix)