Toyota Safety Recall 2010: Is Your Family Car Affected?

Toyota launched a safety recall affecting some 2.3 million Toyota vehicles last week after announcing a sticky accelerator problem.

Does this safety recall affect you and your Toyota vehicle?


According to the Toyota website, the following Toyota models are 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

Toyota says: "In rare instances, there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. The condition is rare and does not occur suddenly. It can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn and, in certain conditions, the accelerator pedal may become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position."

Yikes. I'm not sure I'd want to be the driver in this rare instance! So do you risk driving it or do you put your busy life on hold and turn in your vehicle?

In this USA Today article, Toyota spokesman Mike Michels says owners can still drive the vehicles on the no-sell list, but they should watch for warning signs:

  • If you own a Toyota that's under recall, pay careful attention to whether the accelerator pedal action seems rough or is sluggish in returning to the idle position.
  • If the pedal does stick while driving, the owner should apply the brakes, pull over and park safely, shut it off and have it towed to a Toyota dealership.
  • Only if the car becomes a runaway should drivers try to stop it in motion by shifting into neutral or turning off the ignition.
  • Only if someone experiences these problems do they need to stop using the vehicle and contact their dealer.

If you have questions or concerns not answered in Toyota's FAQs, you may contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331. 

Are you affected by Toyota's recent vehicle safety recall? If so, how are you handling it?

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