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Toyota recalls 2.3 mil vehicles in U.S. to fix gas pedals

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Obviously Toyota wants to be come number one in quality problems for the second consecutive year ...

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"The recall comes just months after Toyota issued a larger 4.2 million-vehicle recall because of pedals getting stuck due to insecure floor mats."

You're kidding ! This 2.3 million auto recall is in "addition" to the 4.2 million record setter a few months ago. A total of 6.5 million cars all together ? What I find even more disturbing is that every model includes the new 2010's. Which mean Toyota kept manufacturing the vast majority of these cars- knowing they were defective ! Kind of explains their new advertising slogan here in the US, "Moving Forward". As in, "hey, why don't we just forget about all the crappy cars we've produced and dumped on the US market over the past 10 years, we're into hybrids now anyway" Yuk yuk yuk !

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OK, My bad ! I just checked out a more detailed story over at USA Today, where this story is currently holding the #4 position for hot topics, and discovered that these new recalls are totally unrelated to the 4.2 million cars previously recalled for sticking accelerator issues. those were for possible problems with the floor mats. This new recall is, and I quote;

"The condition 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. Toyota is working quickly to prepare the correction remedy."

Toyota goes on to give advice as to what to do in case this happens to you;

"In the event that a driver experiences an accelerator pedal that sticks in a partial open throttle position or returns slowly to idle position, the vehicle can be controlled with firm and steady application of the brakes. The brakes should not be pumped repeatedly because it could deplete vacuum assist, requiring stronger brake pedal pressure. The vehicle should be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance."

What I find interesting is the statement about the throttle being caught "in a partial" open position. this obviously does not address the issue of being caught in an "open" throttle position, like when you are passing another vehicle. Scary stuff here people. I'll stick with my Ford and GM made clunkers if you don't mind.

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Too many deaths and serious injuries have come at the hands of Japanese corporate greed. Clear up your act Toyota and be forthcoming with the real problem of faulty design, wiring, electronics and computerization of your vehicles. Stop the typical hiding behind bureaucratic and legal tango dance.

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