On Thursday, Toyota Motor Corporation made a recall to its 2.3 million vehicles in the United States. The recall said that vehicle owners should fix their gas pedals with mechanical problems which made their cars stuck.
Some months ago, Toyota made its first recall to 4.2 million vehicles as gas pedals became stuck under floor mats, resulting in sudden speeding up. Such acceleration also led to crashes and even deaths.
The reason for the second recall on Thursday was that gas pedal mechanism can cause some potential problems although the vehicle has a floor mat or not.
The corporation said that vehicle accelerators may become harder to press, slower to return or stuck due to a wearing down of gas pedal mechanism.
Toyota said in its letter to federal safety officials on Thursday that this problem may be resulted from the build-up of condensation on sliding surfaces in the accelerator system.
According to John Hanson, spokesman of Toyota, the corporation still has not found the way to solve the latest problem. However, it is trying to develop. The spokesman said that car owners will be contacted directly about the recall.
Targets of the recall are the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia. The Avalon, Camry and Tundra models that encompass about 1.7 million vehicles were also targeted in the first recall. Because of mechanical problems, these models can be trapped under floor mats and may be stuck.
Spokesman Harrison told that no accidents or injuries were reported to the company, however, the company could not assure about this. Harrison said that this corporation will be responsible for the problem and not identify the supplier.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem is very serious. The agency also expressed contentedness with Toyota as the corporation has been taking immediate action to address the problem.
Applying brakes, driving to a safe location, shutting off the engine and contacting the nearest Toyota dealer are advised to be taken. The company also suggested that drivers experiencing the problem should not pump their brakes.
Toyota is the Motor Corporation who is well-known for its production of safe and dependable vehicles. However, the company has not been prestigious as it was in previous time due to recent serious safety recalls.