Last post on Jan 31, 2010 at 11:48 AM
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General Toyota Recall Questions/Comments: Accelerator Stuck Problem Recall
#354 of 447 I had a Camry that had this problem- Its no joke~
Jan 29, 2010 (7:49 am)
This problem is a lot bigger than what they are saying and goes back a lot longer to
I was a flag waving, card carring member of the I LOVE MY TOYOTA CLUB until my 1996 Camry, one day in 08, it just accelerated on its own. I was at a stop light with my foot on the brake ( thank God) and the engine just started to run faster and faster and it was pulling away. It was like someone just stepped on the gas and pinned the peddle to the floor. There was nothing I could do. I had both feet pressing on the brake peddle as hard as I could. I was literally standing on it and my butt was off the front seat trying to control this car. My wheels were smoking, my brakes were smoking, it was a nightmare. I slammed it in into neutral then into park and shut the car off. Waited a while and started the car again leaving it in park. It seemed fine. no revving, not sense that it was accelerating on its own. I was about a mile from my house and wanted to get it into the drive way and off the road. I put it into park and let it roll a bit on its own. Seemed ok. So I put my foot lightly on the gas, still ok. About a half a mile of driving very gingerly- its starts to take off again, exact same thing and I was hardly touching the gas.
If my 69 year old mother was driving she never would have been able to handle or control that car the way it was behaving.
So I called Toyota- they said they never heard of that before- but funny how my mechanic did. He thought he fixed it once- then on the way home from the mechincs it took off again. Then he got in it and it took off on him. After he began doing some research and knowing a few long time mechanics for toyota- it was acknowledge that this was a problem they had seen before. about $1000 later it seemed fixed. I drove it for a month to make sure- but I wasn't comfortable driving it anymore even though i LOVED THAT CAR and took great care of it- I sold it. I now drive a Honda Accord. Not nearly as smooth a ride as my Camry, but so far it hasn't launched me down the street.
#355 of 447 Re: I had a Camry that had this problem- Its no joke~ [vivalaselvis]
Jan 29, 2010 (7:52 am)
This problem is a lot bigger than what they are saying and goes back a lot longer
That is only beginning to be known; the TOYOTA RECALLS HAVE ONLY BEGUN!
#356 of 447 Toyota is to blame for the pedals, not CTS
Jan 29, 2010 (7:54 am)
CTS Corporation, the Indiana-based supplier of accelerator pedals blamed for Toyota’s massive – and growing – recall, says that it was building the pedals to the automaker’s standards and that responsibility for the allegedly faulty part lies on Toyota.
Mitchell Walorski, head of the supplier’s investor relations department, told Automotive News that CTS is assisting Toyota, “but this is their recall. Toyota is heavily involved in all stages of testing and production. That is why their quality is so high.”
“The newly designed pedal is now tested, and parts are beginning to ship to some Toyota factories,” CTS said in a statement released to the media. Toyota says it has not decided if it will ship the new pedals to dealers to have them installed in unsold inventory and customer cars or if service departments will modify the existing design.
Elkhart, Indiana-based CTS began producing the pedals last year at its Mississauga, Ontario, assembly plant when Denso was unable to supply enough for Toyota.
CTS isn’t taking the blame for crashes involving Toyota vehicles, however.
“We are aware of fewer than a dozen instances where this condition has occurred, and in no instance did the accelerator actually become stuck in a partially depressed condition,” the company said in a statement.
CTS builds pedals for a number of automakers, each based on a different design. The company says that the Ford pedals it builds in China for that market’s Transit Classic large truck is of a different design.
Toyota has separately recalled many of its models over floor mats which the automaker says can become lodged against the gas pedal or which prevent the brake pedal from operating.
#357 of 447 Re: Toyota does not like recalling vehicles - Not good for their image
Jan 29, 2010 (8:01 am)
During a routine test on its Sienna minivan in April 2003, Toyota Motor Corp. engineers discovered that a plastic panel could come loose and cause the gas pedal to stick, potentially making the vehicle accelerate out of control.
The automaker redesigned the part and by that June every 2004 model year Sienna off the assembly line came with the new panel. Toyota did not notify tens of thousands of people who had already bought vans with the old panel, however.
It wasn't until U.S. safety officials opened an investigation last year that Toyota acknowledged in a letter to regulators that the part could come loose and "lead to unwanted or sudden acceleration."
In January, nearly six years after discovering the potential hazard, the automaker recalled 26,501 vans made with the old panel.
#358 of 447 Re: I had a Camry that had this problem- Its no joke~ [vivalaselvis]
Jan 29, 2010 (8:21 am)
Your 1st post on Edmunds and it`s Toyota bashing...Jeez...Now a 96 camry !!! Next thing will be a 1980 Camry/Corolla getting SUA..C`mon folks --get real ,stop the mass hysteria and be practical !
#359 of 447 lawsuits
Jan 29, 2010 (8:24 am)
when will the lawsuits begin?
a coworker of mine sued chrysler for not recalling his early-year minivan after they knew-of-dangerous-issue redesigned the e-brake-cable for future years. the defect resulted in his rear brakes locking up in a snowstorm, and his wife and 2 daughters died.
he sued Chrysler and "won" about $10M. This was in the late 1990s.
seems to me that Toyota is going to be receiving to a BUNCH of lawsuits like that.
#360 of 447 Re: lawsuits [elias]
Jan 29, 2010 (8:33 am)
Toyota has a history of delaying the recall a safety defect until long after it had discovered the problem.
In 1994, NHTSA slapped Toyota with a $250,000 fine, at the time the agency's second-largest, for providing misleading information about a fuel leak in Land Cruisers and waiting two years to undertake a recall to fix the problem. Toyota acknowledged that it failed to conduct a timely recall but denied withholding information from the agency.
A decade later, Toyota recalled about 330,000 vehicles in Japan after a 2004 crash there -- caused by a broken steering linkage -- seriously injured five people. The vehicle in the accident, a Hilux Surf, was sold in the U.S. as the 4Runner. Other truck models sold here, including the Toyota 4x4 and T100 pickups, also used the same linkage, a steering relay rod.
Despite that, the company told NHTSA in an October 2004 letter that it would not conduct a U.S. recall because it had not received information here indicating a problem with the part.
Documents entered in four lawsuits filed in Los Angeles this year, however, show that Toyota had received numerous consumer complaints dating from 2000 and had replaced dozens of the parts under warranty. The documents also show that Japanese police, in an investigation of the defect, said that Toyota employees had known about the problem since 1992 and should have initiated a recall immediately.
In September 2005, Toyota recalled nearly 1 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace the part, its second-largest campaign.
Toyota delays have deadly consequences. Zackary Audulewicz of Ila, Georgia paid the price for Toyota's delays. The 20-year-old was driving a Toyota 4x4 in August 2003 when the pickup lost control after a "pop" and a "spark".
Jan 29, 2010 (9:48 am)
If you own one of the models listed in the recall and have actually experienced the unintended acceleration, please send an email with details of the experience and how it felt.
#362 of 447 Re: manual transmission camrys [elias]
Jan 29, 2010 (10:26 am)
Here is the call:
At no time can you hear anyone indicate the car would not shift into neutral. In fact from the San Diego police report the driver who had the mat problem only a few days before, in the same car, was able to shift into neutral then move the mats away from the gas pedal.
Here is a link to the San Diego county sheriffs police report:
If you go to page 28 the report will tell you what gear the car may have been in when the crash happened.
#363 of 447 Re: manual transmission camrys [millwood0]
Jan 29, 2010 (10:39 am)
"..a driver who knows how to drive a car and react quickly and "properly" to an anomalous situation is the most powerful tool for safety..."
Yes, not many of those around, just as it should be.