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Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million Vehicles in the U.S.
WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2011, 10:14 A.M. ET. | MIKE RAMSEY

Posted on 02/24/2011 7:32:04 AM PST by Perdogg

Responding to a request from regulators, Toyota Motor Corp. said it would recall a total of 2.17 million U.S. vehicles dating back to the 2003 model year to address various flaws that could lead to a floor mat interfering with the accelerator pedal.

Thursday's recall expands on already-known floor mat issues by adding new models and new causes to pedal interference.

A California state trooper and three of his passengers were killed in August 2009 in an accident in which a slipping floormat is believed to have entrapped the accelerator pedal and sent Lexus speeding out of control.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: automakers; recall; toyota
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To: CodeToad

“So what is toyota going to do about those out of control vehicles that didn’t have mats?”

Ummmm...there aren’t any? NASA and NHTSA looked at all the data from, what they said, was all the complaints and there were no problems with the electronics. It was either driver error or possibly floor mats.

So, DON’T PANIC!!!! Your car is not going to JUST TAKE OFF!!!!


51 posted on 02/24/2011 11:25:19 AM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: saleman

” It was either driver error or possibly floor mats.”

Actually, they simply said they couldn’t reproduce and MAYBE it was the floor mats or “something”. Not exactly a definitive answer.


52 posted on 02/24/2011 11:29:15 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Moleman

“Oh boy what if this had been an American car company 90% of fellow Freepers would be howling “union thugs” etc etc damning the American company. Take your Honda’s and Toyotas and stick them you know where.”

Toyota has many plants in the US. So does honda. They don’t have unions. Which may be why their cars are being recalled because people are too stupind to install mats or hit the brake.


53 posted on 02/24/2011 11:30:42 AM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: CodeToad

“Actually, they simply said they couldn’t reproduce and MAYBE it was the floor mats or “something”. Not exactly a definitive answer.”

Maybe it was a little green alien. Or, maybe it was a people problem.


54 posted on 02/24/2011 11:33:25 AM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: Walkingfeather
"What didn't make sense is that patrolman not switching his car into low gear or neutral, applying the brake or emergency brake."

Stupid people can kill themselves using practically anything. These recalls won't save any of them, They will continue to kill themselves by stupidly using perfectly safe products.

55 posted on 02/24/2011 11:35:24 AM PST by monday
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To: SouthTexas; glock rocks
I was teaching my wife to drive in our 64 GMC suburban with the 2 speed Power Glide in the hills east of the coast and she got to going pretty fast so I yelled politely told her to down shift to low. Well reverse was at the bottom of the quadrant and that is where she went and we rode to town with the tow truck. It worked out perfectly as it gave me a excuse to in put a Turbo 400 which just happened to be attached to a 335 HP 396 from a totaled 68 Chevelle. My wife later learned to drive from her sister in law...
56 posted on 02/24/2011 12:02:01 PM PST by tubebender
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To: loungitude

Loungitude, if i recall, you are right about the braking issue with that runaway lexus, driver didn’t go to an immediate stop, the brakes overheated, therefore useless. The 2009 lexus the Chips guy had was a keyless go, the stopping procedure was to press the start button for several seconds. It was a loaner so the driver might not have known, and in a panic, might forget (dangerous design imo)

All these unintended accel cars are always automatics (the manual audis never had any problem). To me, that explains it, the autos have a driver base that includes people too uncoordinated to drive a manual - they are the problem no matter how many safety feature the manufacturers build in.


57 posted on 02/24/2011 12:12:19 PM PST by Reverend Wright (Arrest, Intern, Deport !)
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To: tubebender

LOL I guess I was real lucky in not doing the same.

Mine was a ‘67 Cutlass, back before government motors.


58 posted on 02/24/2011 1:44:47 PM PST by SouthTexas (Is it time for tea yet?)
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To: Perdogg

We drove a 1949 Chevy on a frozen lake..I was the passenger..we were 14..there were two boys.

We could hear the ice cracking behind the car as we sped along..

At times the gas pedal was stuck to the floorboard by a foot..

Ah..the crazy things we did..


59 posted on 02/24/2011 7:48:47 PM PST by bushpilot1
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To: Hodar
It happened to me two times, once in a Nissan 4x4, the other time in a VW Passat.

In the first instance, I was wearing snow boots in Montana, there was snow, and I kicked up the mat over the accelerator. Knowing instantly what happened, I put the car in neutral, and calmly reached down to remove the mat.

The second time was just dumb, my foot dragged the mat, and it landed on the gas pedal, so the engine raced as I was going 66 on the interstate. Once again, I knew what happened, and I put the car in neutral. Damn near blew the engine, but I was able to remove the mat with my right foot as I slowed down the vehicle.

60 posted on 02/24/2011 10:12:11 PM PST by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
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To: smaug6

Toyota Tundra.....not so good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWjTbiYo3x0&feature=related

Talked to an individual that had worked at Toyota for 20 years and had 3 Tundras. He retired and started a business involving horses. The first time he loaded his Tundra full of hay.....well, he went out and bought a Silverado.


61 posted on 02/25/2011 4:14:00 AM PST by Puckster
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To: jazusamo

**Heck, just let the dog steer **

Heck, I’d probably trust your DOG over most drivers on the streets today!!


62 posted on 02/25/2011 7:48:51 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (Egypt 2011 = Iran 1979)
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To: Perdogg

I order you to commit seppuku.


63 posted on 02/25/2011 8:36:05 AM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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