By John Dodge
Posting in Technology
Toyota has denied reports that the National Safety Traffic Highway Administration (NSTHA) has signed off on its gas pedal fix. While Toyota is working with the NHTSA, it's not the latter's job, Toyota officials said.
Toyota has denied reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has signed off on its fix to the stuck accelerator problem, Toyota said yesterday in a one paragraph press statement.
"Regarding reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has "approved" a plan for our pedal recall; it is Toyota’s understanding that NHTSA does not officially approve recall remedies. We have reviewed our plan with NHTSA and are finalizing details, which we will announce soon."
Indeed, such reports were on the news Saturday.
Toyota also said Friday it is stopping production this week, presumably of the eight affected models, so it can get "more of the new pedals to dealers right away." That's presumably to take care of existing customers and lot inventory.
Toyota has also published an FAQ for existing Toyota owners addressing whether they should drive their cars and how to detect when the accelerator is a problem. Another FAQ explains Toyota's recalls (there are two) and its actions in suspending sales of eight models.
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Jan 30, 2010
What was the driver of the Car that crashed doing immediately before the gas pedal stuck and the 911 operator meekly asked him why he could not turn off the car..followed by a loud crash? My gas pedal got stuck when I jammed my foot against the gas pedal to accelerate smartly past traffic and off into the left turn lane. The heavy duty floor mats in my Tacoma (not standard) were given to me at the dealer and are emblazoned Tacoma. My daily use of the vehicle had positioned the mat forward so when I made my move it also moved forward enough to engage the pedal and the action of engaging the passing gear met up with a racing engine which pressing on the break pedal to offset 150 plus Horse Power was futile. I immediately switched into neutral gear and steered off the exit and quickly turned off the car. Moved the mat and went on my way. I have bungy corded the mat to the driver seat rails. Problem solved.
I heard about the car pedal recall but had no idea it affected my NON toyota truck good thing I found more info here http://www.carpedalrecall.com searched for my make, model, year and found my Ford truck had been recalled so look out! it could save a life maybe yours don't understand, what the car pedal recall is about? just watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03m7fmnhO0I after you watch it repsot this it could save lives this is a video showing how to stop a out of control car. Might answer questions for all those who say just turn off the car or hit the brakes , on newer car it is not that easy watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoIIT0WJS4s
There are aspects of Toyota's actions and statements that just don't make sense in this incident. 1) Every vehicle's braking system is able to stop a car under full acceleration. Why aren't victims of this issue able to bring their Toyotas to a stop? Granted, it may not be in time to prevent an accident, but the vehicle should be noticeably decelerating as soon as the brakes are applied. If victims' claims are true that they are applying maximum braking force and yet the vehicles are not slowing down, this would indicate that whatever the problem, it is involving the brakes as well. Car and Driver magazine recently reported on a test of brake effectiveness, and even a 500hp fire-breathing Ford Cobra GT w/ a supercharged engine was able to be brought to a halt while the accelerator was fully depressed. So, is it that the problem causes the braking systems of the Toyotas to lose enough of their braking force so that they are no longer effective in this situation, or are Toyota's braking systems currently manufactured to have lost sight of this important industry benchmark, to the point that a fully functioning Toyota brake system is not strong enough to overcome the engines? Either way, their accelerator pedal redesign isn't going to address the issue. If I was a Toyota owner, I'd be demanding answers that make sense, rather than the illogical nonsense they keep dishing out to the world.