Friday, January 22, 2010

Be on Lookout: Toyota Recalls 2.3 Million Cars for Sticking Gas Pedal

Toyota announced a recall Thursday of 2.3 million cars in regards to gas/accelerator pedals that stick down even after the driver releases his/her foot.

The following models being recalled are as follows:

• 2009-2010 RAV4,
• 2009-2010 Corolla,
• 2009-2010 Matrix,
• 2005-2010 Avalon,
• 2007-2010 Camry,
• 2010 Highlander,
• 2007-2010 Tundra,
• 2008-2010 Sequoia

In a USA Today interview about Toyota's latest recall, Dan Edmunds, engineer/director of vehicle testing at car shopping service, said "There'll be no (engine control computer) error code for this. The computer doesn't know the driver's intention. If you release the pedal and it stays down, the computer thinks you still have the pedal pushed down."

If you already feel uncomfortable with motorists tail-gating you while you're riding, this news won't help ease your concerns. Similarly, if you feel uncomfortable about computers and believe they're out to destroy humanity, this won't help ease your concerns either.

"Damn evil computer! Why can't you read my mind?! I didn't mean to drive straight into that cyclist!"

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