Skip to comments.Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million Vehicles in the U.S.
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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“So what is toyota going to do about those out of control vehicles that didnt 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!!!!
” 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.
“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 Hondas 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.
“Actually, they simply said they couldnt 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.
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.
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.
LOL I guess I was real lucky in not doing the same.
Mine was a ‘67 Cutlass, back before government motors.
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..
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.
Toyota Tundra.....not so good.
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.
**Heck, just let the dog steer **
Heck, I’d probably trust your DOG over most drivers on the streets today!!
I order you to commit seppuku.