Toyota recalls affect many models

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On Wednesday Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Americans should not drive their recalled Toyotas, unless they’re driving to dealers for accelerator repairs. LaHood retracted his statement soon after. Despite the withdrawal of the warning, people ought to be careful on the road as more complaints of Toyota’s vehicles emerge.

Dangers of the Toyota accelerator issues have led to multiple accidents and even deaths. Unfortunately a local family is among the list of those killed by the faulty pedal. Back in August,
CHP Officer Mark Saylor, 45; his wife, Cleofe, 45; his daughter, Mahala, 13; and his brother-in-law, Chris Lastrella, 38, were all killed in a crash Santee. The crash was originally linked to the floormat recall, but may have also been a result of the accelerator sticking.

Over 2.3 million Toyota cars have been recalled—the RAV4, Corolla and Matrix 2009-2010, Sequoia 2008-2010, Avalon 2005-2010, Tundra 2007-2010, and the 2010 Highlander. Now, the Prius, Toyota’s hybrid car, is being investigated after increasing public complaints. Toyota has officially admitted that their 2010 Prius models have problems with their anti-lock braking system. 270,000 2010 Priuses may be recalled, but the announcement is looming.

According to Rebecca Lindland, Director of Auto Research at IHS Global Insight, the debacle “certainly has a negative impact on Toyota, but it also has a negative impact on Hybrid appeal in general.”

Toyota, which was the #2 most popular selling brand of cars, stated that owners who are experiencing problems with the accelerator pedal should “please contact your dealer without delay. If you are not experiencing any issues with your pedal, we are confident that your vehicle is safe to drive.”

Toyota dealers are extending their hours to fix customer vehicles, and some are even making house calls and offering additional services. Customers won’t be charged for the repair as it is covered by warranty. If you own a Toyota, click here for more information.

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