Unrelated to a similar recall issued for improperly installed floormats, Toyota announced today it is recalling 2.3 million Toyota brand vehicles to repair a sticking gas pedal.
"In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats," said Toyota Group Vice President Irv Miller in a statement. "Our investigation indicates that there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. Consistent with our commitment to the safety of our cars and our customers, we have initiated this voluntary recall action."
Toyota has found that, in some cases, the throttle pedal mechanism can wear out, making it harder to press, slow to release when your foot is removed, or possibly even stick in a depressed position with the throttle open. Toyota will only say that it is working on a repair, but has not said if it will repair the worn-out units or replace them.
Should your throttle stick, Toyota recommends standing on the brakes until the vehicle stops, then turning the vehicle off. Toyota recommends against pumping the brakes, as it will reduce the vacuum assist and make stopping more difficult.
The recall affects the following vehicles. No Lexus or Scion vehicles are affected.
-- 2009-2010 RAV4
-- 2009-2010 Corolla
-- 2009-2010 Matrix
-- 2005-2010 Avalon
-- 2007-2010 Camry
-- 2010 Highlander
-- 2007-2010 Tundra
-- 2008-2010 Sequoia
Toyota says that this recall, despite posing a similar hazard, is not related to the much-publicized floor mat recall currently in place for some 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus models. However, the automaker says that roughly 1.7 million Toyota brand vehicles are affected by both recalls. Toyota is continuing to investigate all cases of unintended acceleration.