2010 was a particularly hard year on the automotive industry. Big name car makers Hummer, Pontiac, Saturn and Mercury permanently shut down production lines this year. Saab was almost a victim but was saved by an independent buyer. Then there were the recalls. The big recall was the faulty accelerator recall for Toyota. The Recall details are below…
Toyota Recall Specifics
Models Impacted: 2005-2010 AVALON, MODEL YEAR 2007-2010 CAMRY, MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 COROLLA, COROLLA MATRIX, RAV4, MODEL YEAR 2010 HIGHLANDER, MODEL YEAR 2008-2010 SEQUOIA, AND MODEL YEAR 2007-2010 TUNDRA VEHICLES
Recall Reason: Faulty Accelerator Pedal sticking causes car to speed out of control
# of Vehicles recalled: 2,230,061
Remedy: Owners should contact their nearest Toyota dealer to get the free fix of the defect or call Toyota at 800-331-4331 to get instructions on how to handle this.
The recall of over 2 million vehicles is unheard of in the auto industry and recalls of Toyota brands are especially rare since the dealer is known for producing quality vehicles. I myself have owned 3 Toyotas and would have highly recommended them to anyone and then that all changed. I had the unfortunate pleasure of being in one of these vehicles and experiencing the dramatic effects of this defect that prompted the recall.
Earlier this year I was riding with a former co-worker to get something to eat. We were riding in her 2009 Toyota Rav 4. We were driving down the road when she began to complain about the pedal feeling funny. It was a new vehicle and my first thoughts were that she was simply adjusting to the feel of a new car, not to mention her first SUV driving experience. A few minutes later we were turning into the parking lot of the restaurant when suddenly she dramatically increased her speed and the car ran into a hedge into the landscaping of the area. Apparently after making the turn into the parking area, she intended to accelerate a little and when she did the accelerator pedal stuck and the car never decreased speed as she intended. In either case, whether it was sheer luck or great instincts she immediately popped the car in neutral and stumped on the brakes. If she hadn’t we would have ran the vehicle into a group of parked cars near the restaurant.
I later found out that my friend had been notified that the car was involved in the massive recall and because she had not experienced any difficulty with the vehicle, she decided to ignore the recall. I am once again a believer in Toyota quality, but urge everyone to pay close attention to automotive recalls and never make the decision to ignore them. You’re not only putting your life in jeopardy, but anyone else on the road as well.