Don't Drive Your Toyota!
February 4, 2010 4:46am CST
Yes, that's right! Latest news has it that Toyota is recalling seven different models in Britain, including the Yaris, which is also Britain's best-seller, after reports of accelerator pedals sticking, leaving the car speeding even when drivers takes their foot off the accelerator pedals. The 7 models affected are: AYGO MMT (Feb 2005 - Aug 2009) iQ (Nov 2008 - Nov 2009) Yaris (Nov 2005 - Sep 2009) Auris (Oct 2006 - 5 Jan 2010) Corolla (Oct 2006 - Dec 2009) Verso (Feb 2009 - 5 Jan 2010) Avensis (Nov 2008 - Dec 2009) Apparently, this recall came in the wake of a harrowing fatal accident which had a recorded tragic phone call details from a family, just minutes before they were killed in a Lexus in San Diego last August, which was believed to be caused by a faulty accelerator. This tragedy sent shockwaves round America and the UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1248177/Toyota-recall-Last-words-father-family-died-Lexus-crash.html The Lexus - Toyota's luxury brand - which was linked in this particular accident, has not been recalled in Britain. It is understood that it has been linked to a technical problem in the U.S. only. Toyota is investigating the three separate faults reported in Europe, America and Japan. FAULT 1: 'Sticky' Accelerator The problem: Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles over reports that the accelerator pedal is sticking while driving. It has blamed the problem on wear and tear in the accelerator pedal. FAULT 2: Trapped Accelerator The problem: Accelerator pedals trapped under floor mats. Vehicles affected in the UK: Toyota has recalled five million vehicles in America, but insists the problem affects only U.S. models. FAULT 3: Brake Failure The problem: The Japanese government has ordered Toyota to investigate claims of brake system failures on its newest model of the Prius hybrid. The U.S. Transportation Department has received more than 100 reports of brakes failing on bumpy or slippery roads. Another 14 incidents have been reported in Japan. Vehicles affected in the UK: There have been no reported problems in Britain. Toyota is recalling all affected models. The manufacturer says the problem can be fixed with a 30-minute repair at its approved service centers. So, if you own any of the above models, please 'Stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer to have it checked and fixed.' Make sure you visit its approved service centers. Now, though this recall is reported to be happening in the US, UK and Japan - I would advise that the rest of you out there to be equally alert and pay the authorized service centers a visit. Believe me, it is better to be safe than sorry here. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1248294/Toyota-plunged-chaos-million-cars-recalled-worldwide.html
4 Feb 10
cynthiann, Just to be safe, I would seek that you check with your car dealer or better still make an appointment with the authorized service center to have your car towed in for a thorough inspection. Yours may be 2004, but if you have brought it for any scheduled servicing or maintenance, then I am sure the car's performance could be compromised especially if replacement of parts have occurred. Just be safe than sorry.
• United States
10 Feb 10
Luckily, I don't have any Toyota brand vehicle owned by my family. I pray that no one would get hurt again, and hopefully Toyota would take their responsibility to fix all the faulty vehicles. This is a serious matter we have to scrutinize for the future. It certainly would affect many customers' confidence over Toyota brand name.
4 Feb 10
Toyota has enjoyed a reputation of being of top quality and wins the "most trusted" label here in Australia. This will certainly damage their reputation as well as costing them a fortune. One wonders if they can recover in this difficult economic climate. Let's hope everyone heeds the recall and that no one else is injured or killed because of the failures.
5 Feb 10
cloudwatcher, Oh yes, I always drive a rented Lexus when I am visiting Australia and it is really a great car and still is IMO. These are challenging times for Toyota and the news are still coming with more faulty problems with the latest on the brakes. I think it would really be better to recall all makes and whatever for an inspection on both the accelerators and brakes. It is really not the way any company would want to start a new year and I feel that Toyota has got to shift into top gear as far as service support is concern, for damage control here.
4 Feb 10
Thoroughrob, Well, they sure are! I just hope that the news could reach your friends who might be owners of their affected models, so that they can have their cars serviced and the faults fixed. There's really nothing the company can do now than try and solve the problem and go through the legal battles. I think this is the worst as far as car history is concerned. Have a nice day.
4 Feb 10
wesley_lu, This is a very serious fault where lives were lost and their cars having similar breakdowns all over the region. So, I am not surprise that they are going to face a standstill, which is really not the time now. I hope that you will let your friends know about this, especially if they are Toyota owners and advise them to check with their dealers if their car is having these faulty technologies. Just hope that Toyota will be able to recover from this, for I sure hate to see such an illustrious company collapse.
4 Feb 10
eazyb18, Frankly, just the recalling exercise which is currently happening in the US, UK and Japan is enough to cost the company. And, realistically I just do not think the exercise is going to stop there considering this is an international brand and I anticipate that this is going to be a worldwide exercise. Also, there is another concern where their current faulty technology being used by other car brands like Peugeot and Citroen. I am also anticipating more recalls and legal litigation in these areas as well. I feel that Toyota will be undergoing the biggest crisis this time and it is going to be the most challenging one in car history.