Last week, Toyota Motor Sales USA recalled 2.3 million vehicles to correct a problem that could cause the gas pedal to stick. And this Tuesday, the company suspended sales of 8 models so that vehicles that are currently being built will not be sold until they are fixed.
In an article on CNNMoney. com, Toyota USA group vice president Bob Carter said, “Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company. This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized.”
The affected models include the 2009-2010 RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, certain 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia. General Motor’s Pontiac Vibe is also included in the recall, because it is essentially the same car as the Toyota Matrix. However, GM has already stopped production of Pontiac vehicles as part of its wind-down of the Pontiac brand.
When the accelerator pedal mechanisms become worn, the gas pedal could stick without the presence of a floor mat. Although the situation is rare, the pedal may become harder to press and may become slower to return when released. It could become stuck in a partially depressed position.
Toyota owners will be notified when a remedy is available. Drivers should be aware of the problem and should call Toyota’s customer service line at 800-331-4331 if they have any questions.