begun an investigation into Toyota's all-weather rubber floor mats in March 2007 after reports of unintended acceleration in 2007. All 20 Pontiac Vibes, which are mechanically identical to the Toyota Matrix and built in the same plant, are also affected. Lexus and Scion models, it turns out, use pedals made by Japanese supplier Denso, hence their exemption from the recall. All four occupants die. The affected vehicles may experience compression of the seat cushion which may damage the seat heater wiring.!showRecalls? The recall now includes the Toyota Venza and more model years of the Toyota Highlander, as well as the Pontiac Vibe. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor.!showRecalls? October 2, 2009: Newly installed Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda publically apologizes to the Saylor family the adventures of huck finn members killed in the accident and to every customer affected by the recall. January 26, 2010: Toyota announces it is immediately halting the sale of all models affected by the January 21 pedal recall, and that it will shut down assembly lines for those models at five North American plants for one week beginning February 1 "to assess.
Nhtsa claimed the investigation was closed in October 2007 after Toyota recalled the accessory floor mats and redesigned them. Even though California and other states have laws specifying the data on the recorder belongs to the vehicle's owner, Toyota says it shares information in select cases either as a "community service" or when required to do so by a judge. Nhtsa notes brakes were nearly destroyed on the car and that the accelerator pedal was "bonded" to the floor mat. Toyota denies any agreement had been reached, but the company admits it had already set aside.6 billion to deal with the issue. Summary, southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year Prius and Corolla, Venza, Avalon, FJ Cruiser, Sienna and Sequoia, Tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, Camry, Highlander, Tundra 4x2 and 4x4, and Rav4 and 4Runner.
According to the Times, unintended acceleration complaints on Lexus ES 300s jumped from an average of 26 per year in 2001 to 132 per year in 2002, and there had been 19 deaths since 2002 related to unintended acceleration in Toyotas, compared with 11 deaths. November 2, 2009: nhtsa takes the highly unusual step of publicly rebuking Toyota, calling a company press release re-iterating the statements made in the 30 October letter to owners "inaccurate" and "misleading noting that the floor mat recall was an "interim" measure and that. The following Toyota Division models are affected: RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, 2010 Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia, reuters reports that the newest Toyota recall relates to a "dangerous acceleration" issue with Toyota cars and trucks. November 29, 2009: A new Los Angeles Times story claims a number of Toyota drivers say their vehicles had still accelerated out of control with the floor mats removed. October 18, 2009: The Los Angeles Times publishes the first of several stories concerning claims of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. Floor mats are ruled out as a cause because they are found in the trunk of the car. Although the engine was racing without any pressure on the gas pedal, owner Kevin Haggerty of New Jersey gets the vehicle to a local Toyota dealer, where it is confirmed the floor mats were properly installed. In the affected vehicles, the steering column assembly contains electrical connections to the driver's airbag module housed in a spiral cable assembly, which includes a Flexible Flat Cable (FFC). November 4, 2009: Toyota issues another press release denying media reports a problem exists with its drive-by-wire electronic throttle system.