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Toyota Announces Sudden Acceleration Fix, Truck Recall

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 10:38 AM EST
Category: On The Road
Tags: Toyota, Recall, Unintended Acceleration, Auto Accident, Floor Mats, Tundra, Saylor

A fix for accelerating out of control Toyotas was announced today along with a Tundra truck recall.

Recall of 110,000 Toyota Tundra Trucks

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IMAGE SOURCE: Toyota Web site/ Tundra 2010

The day before Thanksgiving is a good time to quietly announce news that doesn’t benefit the bottom line.

110,000 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks are being recalled.

The announcement came Tuesday and affects trucks in 20 states. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that road salt can cause the underside of the Toyota Tundra’s frame to corrode.

That is the area where the spare tire is mounted and a falling spare tire can cause road hazards. That is also the area where the rear brake lines are located and corrosion can lead to a brake system failure, according to NHTSA.

Tundra trucks from model years 2000 through 2003 can be brought back to the dealer.

The 20 states affected are states where chemical de-icers or road salts are used in the winters and include: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, reports CNN.

Tundra trucks, model years 2000 through 2003, can be brought back to the dealers to be repaired.

Toyota says it will contact owners.

Unintended Acceleration Announcement

However, the bigger story Wednesday is Toyota’s announcement it’s found a way to remedy what it believes is the root cause of the potential risk for unintended acceleration from floor mat entrapment.

It will reconfigure the accelerator pedal in 4 million recalled vehicles in the U.S. to avoid the pedal from becoming stuck under the floor mats. The pedal will conform with the floor mat and in some models the shape of the floor surface will also be reconfigured.

In addition, the company plans to install a brake override system in the Camry, Avalon, and Lexus ES 350, IS 350 and IS 250 models as “an extra measure of confidence.”

The system will cut engine power in case there is a simultaneous application of the accelerator and brake pedals.

Five other models affected will be notified about a remedy on a rolling schedule beginning next year.

In September, Toyota announced it was planning its largest recall ever of nearly four million vehicles over the issue of loose floor mats that appeared to be interfering with the accelerator pedal in several models.

But an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) raised more questions as to whether the floor mats were the only culprit to unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus models.

The questions were raised in a NHTSA report on a deadly accident that happened in a San Diego suburb last August 28, killing an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and three members of his family.

It was that crash that led to the massive Toyota floor mat recall.

In other bad news for the company, former Toyota attorney, Dimitrios Biller is suing Toyota claiming the company destroyed engineering and testing evidence that it was supposed to turn over in rollover litigation.

As a result, many attorneys have said they will re-file their cases against Toyota. #


2 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Jerry Hosteg
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 2:33 PM EST

Wow. I don't think this company can claim "quality" anymore or charge the price for it for that matter. A Safety defect is like this is dangerous. How does this affect retail price of their cars and resale values when the market is scared away from being unsure about whether unintended acceleration will result in injury or death as Toyota excuses themselves from liability.

Anonymous User
Posted by Bill
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 7:20 PM EST

Condolences to the families and friends of those lost in accidents related to these issues.

I have to ask though, why didn't the operator put the car in neutral? Our society seems to assume that someone (in this case the car) is going to do everything for us. Again, I hate that this happened, but if the operator had not gone into panic mode, they could've walked away.

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