On January 21, 21010 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. recalled and suspended sales on several different models of its cars due to a defect in the accelerator pedal. The recall affects 3.1 million vehicles. As a result of the defect, the accelerator pedal sticks causing sudden acceleration. These “run-away” vehicles have caused serious accidents, injuries and deaths.
ABC News reports that despite Toyota’s decision to recall the vehicles and fix the sudden accelerator problems, this is not enough. Toyota plans to change the design of its accelerator pedals as well as the shape of the floor under the pedal, claiming that this will address the root cause for the potential risk for floor mat entrapment.
However, evidence exists that the electronic throttle control system is to blame. Toyota continues to deny this as the reasons for the accelerator problem and continues its focus on the floor mats.