Toyota's Little Accelerator Problem

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  1. Ralph Deeds profile image67
    Ralph Deedsposted 8 years ago

    Looks like Toyota has a serious problem---

    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerindex?id=8990979

    1. blue dog profile image69
      blue dogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      that's a disturbing video.

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image67
        Ralph Deedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yep.

    2. SandyMcCollum profile image77
      SandyMcCollumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      WOW, that looked scary! Those poor ppl on the phone that called 911 before they died... I'm telling everyone I know that has one of those rigs.

      1. lovelypaper profile image66
        lovelypaperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I heard that 911 call. That was chilling. They had no time to do anything.

  2. lrohner profile image82
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    Makes me happy that I drive a dinosaur. I mean..a Ford.

  3. Misha profile image73
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Not to say that there is no problem with the cars, it clearly is there, but who in his right mind lets the car accelerate out of control and don't shut it off?

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image67
      Ralph Deedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      At the end of the video an "expert" advised not to shut the engine off but rather to shift into neutral and apply the brake hard. And shut the engine off once the car has come to a stop.

  4. freelanceauthor profile image61
    freelanceauthorposted 8 years ago

    that's case to case basis. I don't have any accelerator problem with my Toyota for more than 5 years already.

  5. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    The problem is obviously not the floor mats. It is the computer that is at fault here.

  6. Christene profile image71
    Christeneposted 8 years ago

    Oh wow. sad

    I've always loved Toyotas...and drive one now. I'm glad it's an earlier model.

  7. Ralph Deeds profile image67
    Ralph Deedsposted 8 years ago

    WASHINGTON — In what was described as the largest such move ever by an automaker in the United States, Toyota said today it had halted sales of eight models of its cars and trucks that account for more than half its U.S. sales until it could find a fix for sticking accelerator pedals under a safety recall.

    The move, which will cut production for at least a week at seven Toyota plants in North America, comes six days after the Japanese automaker announced the recall of 2.3 million vehicles due to the accelerator problem that it first encountered in 2007.

    The models, including its top-selling Camry and Corolla sedans, accounted for 56% of Toyota’s U.S. sales last month. No imported models are covered by the stop sale order.

    The decision mars a reputation for high quality that Toyota had relied on to become the world’s largest automaker and claim 17% of the U.S. market.

    Between this recall and an earlier one involving floor mats, Toyota has called back 4.8 million vehicles to fix problems that could lead to sudden uncontrolled acceleration. Safety advocates have linked the problems in Toyotas to 19 deaths and more than 2,000 complaints.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20100126/B … tories_8pm

  8. wyanjen profile image80
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    I just saw this story on CNN.

    The crawl at the bottom of the screen during the story said "GM to build electric motors in US" and "Ford to hire 1,200 workers in Illinois"

  9. Ralph Deeds profile image67
    Ralph Deedsposted 8 years ago

    WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ACCELERATOR STICKS

    Q: What should I do if my accelerator sticks?

    A: Toyota says the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal with both feet and applying steady pressure. Don't pump the brake.

    Next, shift into neutral and brake until the car makes a controlled stop. Then turn off the engine and have your vehicle towed to your dealership.

  10. Misha profile image73
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    If you have a female passenger on the front seat, borrowing her leg to add to your two helps a lot lol

  11. MikeNV profile image78
    MikeNVposted 8 years ago

    The part in question is NOT manufactured by Toyota.  The same parts are found in Fords and Ford is having trouble in China with Large Trucks using parts from the company.

    "Ford shares fell 14 cents, or 1 percent, to $11.41 in early afternoon trading after Ford halted production of some full-sized commercial vehicles in China. The vehicles contain gas pedals built by the same company behind the accelerators in Toyota Motor Corp.'s recall."

    So while the Media Jumps on Toyota this is an outsourcing problem.  And Toyota is doing the right thing by halting production until the problem is solved.

    Toyota builds 10 Models of Automobiles in American Factories.  Toyota employs 36,000 American Workers Directly and 400,000 indirectly in the United States.

    Toyota is not the enemy.

    Ford is also not the enemy... but they did product a number of extremely dangerous 15 Passenger Vans that they refused to take off the market.  They also had a disaster with a similar situation where outsourced Tires were exploding and killing people on Ford Explorers.

  12. yenajeon profile image83
    yenajeonposted 8 years ago

    It is a serious problem for Toyota. They've officially lost their title as being the : safest, smartest car to purchase.

    I guess now Hyundai and Honda have their chance!

  13. MikeNV profile image78
    MikeNVposted 8 years ago

    Yet owners still rank them above other brands.

    This is a serious issue, but it's one issue and it's being addressed.  Had this happened to any other manufacturer they would do the same.

    This is a good thing... it brings into light a problem so it can be fixed.

    http://autos.yahoo.com/articles/autos_c … ut-toyota/

 
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