After a week of intense media coverage, Toyota announced today that it will start replacing potentially sticky throttle pedals — the subject of a 2.3-million-vehicle recall — later this week.
Presently, eight models are included in the recall, new examples of which are not currently being sold or produced until the fix can be implemented. According to the automaker, a friction device designed to add feel and resistance to the pedal is the culprit. The device includes a friction shoe that rubs against an adjoining surface, and those two components may begin to stick together, creating a throttle that is slow to close or — in the worst case scenario — stays fully open.
“We know what’s causing the sticking accelerator pedals, and we know what we have to do to fix it,” said Jim Lentz, president and COO of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. “We also know it is most important to fix this problem in the cars on the road.”
That fix, it seems, involves a piece of steel that is inserted into the assembly, which reduces surface tension that can cause the excess friction. Toyota intends on rectifying floor mat issues — subject of a different recall — at the same time as throttle repairs are being made, requiring only a single trip to the dealer for vehicles affected by both recalls.
“We are focused on making this recall as simple and trouble-free as possible,” said Lentz, “and will work day and night with our dealers to fix recalled vehicles quickly. We want to demonstrate that our commitment to safety is as high as ever and that our commitment to our customers is unwavering.”
Source: Toyota, NHTSA