Toyota Recall Continues to Grow
The massive Toyota recall due to a faulty accelerator pedal continues to grow. Today the company announced that the recall will extend to Europe and China. This makes one wonder just how many drivers are currently in danger. Nearly 100,000 vehicles will be recalled in China, and an undisclosed number of vehicles will be recalled in Europe. Some speculate that as many as 2 million Toyotas may be recalled in Europe.
Toyota recently recalled over a million vehicles in the U.S. because of the accelerator pedal problem. The pedal can get stuck and cause the vehicles to suddenly accelerate. This problem has reportedly caused four deaths in the U.S. To clarify: Toyota says that the problem has not caused any injuries or deaths, but ABC News has linked the problem to four deaths.
The recent recall is in addition to an earlier November 2009 recall of 4.3 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles. At the time of the original recall, the company blamed the accelerator problem on floor mats. Now they admit that there is a mechanical problem with the accelerator.
Earlier this week USA Today reported that Toyota knew about the accelerator problem last year - but they didn't know how to repair it. In fact, they still don't know how to fix the problem. Toyota has halted production at six plants in North America.
"I think it's questionable" whether the two Toyota recalls actually address separate issues, said Jesse Toprak of TrueCar.com. "Their biggest error was not to do a deep dive into the issue last year."
Right now, nobody knows has this problem will be resolved? Will dealers be able to repair the problem? Will they be able to offer loaner cars in the interim? According to Toyota, the problem appears to stem from premature wear in the throttle assembly. Drivers have reported that the pedal can stick in place even after they remove their foot.
Approximately 5.9 Toyota vehicles have now been recalled. Looking on the bright side, perhaps this issue will boost sales for American-made cars.
Atlanta car dealer Jim Ziegler said, "Toyota has got the resources to bounce back from this, but this is the biggest crisis that they have ever faced, and Ford and Hyundai and others are coming on strong."
Recalled Toyota vehicles include:
2005-2010 Toyota Avalon large sedan
2007-2010 Toyota Camry
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla
2008-2010 Toyota Highlander
2010 Toyota Highlander crossover
2009-2010 Toyota Matrix hatchback
2009-2010 Toyota RAV4
2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia large SUV
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra pickup
2009-2010 Toyota Venza
2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
If you own one of these vehicles, contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
If you find yourself behind the wheel of a runaway Toyota, pumping the breaks may not help. Shift the vehicle into neutral, and shut off the engine. Don't take any chances.
If you've been injured by a defective product, contact an experienced Atlanta, GA personal injury lawyer immediately. Call MLN Law at 404-531-9700 to schedule a free consultation.