Toyota announced that there have been isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in some Toyota vehicles. If there is no floor mat in place, the accelerator pedal could stick.
According to a statement made by Toyota, in rare instances, the sticking pedal can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn. 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.
The vehicles that are included in the latest Toyota recall are:
There is no remedy to this potentially dangerous situation at this point but Toyota will notify customers a solution is available.
For now, Toyota has given the following instructions to customers in case there is an issue with a pedal sticking:
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.
The recall announcement today from Toyota indicated that the pedal could stick if a floor mat was not in the car. It would seem that, at the very least, people with the affected car models would make sure there is a mat in the car before they drive until a final solution is offered by Toyota.
Written by Cheryl Phillips