Mysterious Acceleration Problems Plague Toyota
Terrifying reports from drivers and pressure from safety investigators are just two of the latest headaches for the best-selling carmaker
Toyota is in the midst of a huge recall that affects millions of cars that could be at risk for sudden acceleration. The carmaker says the source of the problem is floor mats, but others allege there is more to blame. (Published Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009)
Updated at 2:47 PM CST on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009
As Toyota launches a recall that affects 3.8 million vehicles -- its largest ever -- the carmaker says it has pinpointed the cause of the problem: floor mats
The company says the mats can interfere with the gas pedal and cause it to get stuck. A stuck open accelerator pedal can result in high vehicle speeds and make it very difficult for a driver to stop the car.
Death and injury reports connected to the problem prompted Toyota to agree to the massive recall, but now a steady stream of voices from safety experts and from Toyota customers allege there is more than just floor mats to this problem.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Consumer Safety Alert & Details of Toyota Recall
Toyota: Statement Regarding Future Voluntary Safety Recall Related to Floor Mats
New York Times: Toyota Acceleration Problem Still Unresolved
ABC News: Sudden Acceleration Causes Owners to Rebel After Accidents
Consumer Reports: Putting Stuck Floor Mat Survival Strategies to the Test