Toyota's throttle woes explained; fix to begin in US this week
1 February 2010

Toyota will begin fixing accelerator pedals on recalled cars in America this week.

The sticking throttle problem, which has led to a recall of more than six million Toyotas worldwide, stems from a friction device in the pedal which is designed to provide "feel" by adding resistance and making the pedal steady and stable when depressed.

See Toyota's diagram explaining the problem, and how its fix will work

Toyota recall extends to Europe

The device includes a shoe that rubs against an adjoining surface during normal pedal operation. The massive, worldwide recall has been sparked because, under specific conditions and over time, the system can begin to stick and release instead of operating smoothly.

The solution is to install a precision-cut steel reinforcement bar into the throttle assembly to reduce the surface tension between the friction shoe and the adjoining surface.

The parts to reinforce the pedals are already being shipped to the US for use by dealers, and Toyota says dealer training to fit the part is under way.

Toyota has also announced that some dealers will stay open 24 hours a day to ensure that customers aren't inconvenienced more than necessary.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety and reliability of the vehicles our customers drive," said Jim Lentz, president of Toyota operations in the US.

"We deeply regret the concern that our recalls have caused for our customers and we are doing everything we can - as fast as we can - to make things right."

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Toyota has yet to announce when parts will arrive to begin fixing cars in the UK.

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1 February 2010

We hope to have some news on the UK situation in the next few days.

For now I can confirm that we will use the same soltion as announced in the USA and that production of parts is already under way.

The occurance of the sticking throttle pedal is very rare, but Toyota understands and apologises for any concern or worry this situation is causing our owners. We will write directly to affected owners, but in the meantime anyone who has a concern or is worried their car may have this problem should call our help line on 0800 1388744.

1 February 2010

I feel the description , and illustration are very poor and not very helpfull. I have come across "surface tension" in liquids , but not in solids. The picture suggests that the modification is a piece of steel to stop you pressing the pedal down so far!

1 February 2010

this is a JOKE!!!

were on earth the EU list of concerned cars have anything to do with these pedals??

the EU list of concerned cars do not use CTS pedals and either the DENSO ones are different!

tip: the US pedals listed (both CTS & DENSO) have a full-plastic body...

what about bring to light all truth?

2 February 2010

Thanks for the link coolboy. Now that I have seen photos of the CTS pedal , I understand the problem , and the Toyota illustration of the fix.

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