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Toyota advice to drivers with sticky accelerator pedals

Drivers of Toyota cars and trucks who experience unintended acceleration and need to stop immediately can control the vehicle by stepping on the brake pedal firmly with both feet, according to the company. Toyota has recalled millions of cars in the United States due to problems with the accelerator pedal, which may in rare instances stick in a partially depressed position, according to the Japanese manufacturer.
The company has issued the following advice to owners of the 2.3 million vehicles affected by the recall in the United States:
Drivers who experience a sticking accelerator pedal should put the transmission gear selector in neutral, use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
Steady pressure should be applied to the brake pedal but avoid pumping it because the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist will be depleted.
If unable to put the vehicle in neutral, drivers should turn the engine off, which will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but will affect the power assist to these systems.
If the vehicle has an engine stop/start button, it should be pushed firmly and steadily for at least three seconds to turn off the engine.
If the vehicle has a conventional key-ignition, drivers should turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do not remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel.


Updated : 2021-03-08 21:23 GMT+08:00