Toyota Recall: Congress wants answers

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When Toyota announced on January 21 that it was recalling 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals, it was not expected to turn into the fiasco that is now part of the daily news. In addition to halting the sales of eight Toyota models, Congress now wants some answers about the sticky pedal situation that is affecting Toyota drivers around the world.

In February, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman will hold a hearing to find out "how quickly and effectively" Toyota responded to complaints about sticking pedals and slipping floor mats.

Toyota's lame attempt at easing the fears the owners of the recalls questions by telling them how to drive the vehicle if the accelerator pedal sticks just isn't enough to satisfy consumers. Now it's gaining the attention of Congress as well.

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.

Not only is this recall a problem in the U.S., the problem is now world wide. On Thursday, Toyota announced that the recall is now spreading to China and Europe.

Toyota told dealers that it would take months to complete repairs on the recalled vehicles.

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Written by Cheryl Phillips

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