How can you tell if your Toyota is included in the recall? Grab a flashlight, and head to your vehicle. It’s time to check the vehicle identification number and the pedal itself.
Toyota sources its accelerator pedals from two suppliers, Denso and CTS. The latter supplies the pedals that are currently being recalled. Toyota says vehicles built in Japan all use pedals from Denso, while those built in North America are equipped with the recalled CTS pedal.
In some instances, this makes life easy. Vehicles like the FJ Cruiser, which is built only in Japan, can only be equipped with the Denso pedals. Likewise, vehicles that are only built in North America — like the Tundra, Avalon, Matrix, and Sequoia– are virtually guaranteed to be equipped with the recalled CTS pedals.
Confusion can occur on vehicles like the RAV4, Highlander, Corolla, and (non-hybrid) Camry, which are manufactured in both Japan and North America. The quick way to tell one from another is to look at your VIN, which is affixed in the lower left hand corner of the windshield and in the driver’s doorjamb. If the first character of the VIN is a “J,” then your vehicle was built in Japan and is not part of the recall. If the first character is a “1,” however, the vehicle was made in North America, and is part of the recall.
Of course, there’s an exception to the rule. Camrys with VIN sequences starting with “4T1” were built with both pedal types, making a visual inspection necessary.
Inside Line says owners can identify CTS pedals from Denso units by crawling under the dash and looking at the accelerator pedal assembly. Denso assemblies sport four silver bolts on the left-hand side of the assembly casing, and is also stamped “Denso.” CTS units, however, are devoid of the bolts, and sport a rectangular metal plate on the assembly’s left-hand side.
If you have any doubt on whether or not your car falls under the recall, don’t hesitate to visit your local Toyota dealership for an inspection and more information.