Another Toyota Recall: Are You Scared Yet?

Sasha Brown-Worsham

Another day, another massive Toyota recall. Toyota Motor Corp issued three recalls Thursday. The recalls affect nearly 2.2 million vehicles and cite accelerator pedal issues. Am I the only one who is validated by the recall?

In the biggest of the three recalls announced today, Toyota said they are recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles because of the potential that the floormat could get lodged under the accelerator pedal and trap it. Pretty scary, no?

For more information on the recall, including model numbers, go here. Meanwhile, I am just relieved that I stuck to my guns regarding Toyotas long ago. Let's recall (haha), this is hardly the first problem with Toyotas.

As of today, Toyota has had to recall more than 14 million vehicles globally over safety problems in the past two years alone. US regulators said earlier this month that the problems with "sudden, unintended acceleration" were not the result of electronic flaws. How comforting.

As a parent, Toyotas now really freak me out. I would never buy one. But this recall sort of gives me a sense of validation for the fights I've had with my parents. They have a Toyota Highlander that isn't on the recall list and never has been. They've had the car checked and rechecked, but I still insist on my children riding only in their BMW. Sure, it would be a lot more convenient for them to take the bigger car, but I no longer trust Toyota.

I think it's just a matter of time before all Toyotas are recalled. And this newest recall gets us one step closer to my theory.

Included in today's recall are three models added to the 2009 pedal entrapment recall: about 600,000 4Runner SUVs from the 2003-2009 model years; 761,000 RAV4 compact SUVs from the 2006-2010 model years; and 17,000 Lexus LX 570s from the 2008-2011 model years.

There are other models, too. They also recalled 20,000 2006 through early 2007 GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel drive vehicles to change the shape of a plastic pad embedded in the driver's side floor carpet that could cause pedal interference.

In addition, 372,000 RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400H vehicles from the 2004 through early 2007 model years and 397,000 2004-2006 Toyota Highlander SUVs and hybrid versions need their floor carpet covering and retention clips on the driver's side replaced as they could interfere with the accelerator pedal arm.

My parents' car is a 2008, but seriously, I would be mad to let my children ride with them now, and my parents, who have basically acted like I'm a crazy person for feeling this way, can't knock it anymore. They may not be recalled yet, but I'm not going to wait around to find out when they are.

Would you ever buy a Toyota?


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