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    Toyota Suspends Sales Due to Faulty Accelerator

    January 28th, 2010

    In addition to Toyota’s recall of 2.3 million vehicles (see our January 22, 2010 blog), the company has now suspended sale of sales of all models affected:

    • 2009-2010 RAV4
    • 2009-2010 Corolla
    • 2009-2010 Matrix
    • 2005-2010 Avalon
    • Certain 2007-2010 Camry
    • 2010 Highlander, except hybrid models
    • 2007-2010 Tundra,
    • 2008-2010 Sequoia

    The company claims that it has taken this enormous step in order to finalize “an appropriate remedy to address the potential for sticking accelerator pedals.” There is currently no announced plan for how they will fix the problem, nor for when Toyota owners might expect to have their cars fixed.

    Toyota says that if you experience a sticking accelerator, contact a Toyota dealer immediately.

    Plan Ahead

    This is a frightening development. If you drive one of the affected cars, read this (provided by Toyota, in a press release):

    If your gas pedal sticks while driving:

    • If you need to stop immediately, the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal with both feet using firm and steady pressure. Do not pump the brake pedal as it will deplete the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist.
    • Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
    • If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.

    If you had an accident because of a sticking gas pedal and want to share your story, contact HensonFuerst at 1-800-4-LAWMED