Daily Q&A: What do I do if my accelerator gets stuck like the issue with the Toyota recall?

What do I do if my accelerator gets stuck like the issue with the Toyota recall?

Toyota has sent letters to its customers with recommendations. Here's what the company noted:

Should the vehicle continue to accelerate after releasing the accelerator pedal, this could be an indication of floor mat interference. If this occurs, Toyota recommends you take the following actions:

"First, if it is possible and safe to do so, pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the accelerator pedal; then pull over and stop the vehicle.

If the floor mat cannot be dislodged, then firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do NOT pump the brake pedal repeatedly as this will increase the effort required to slow the vehicle.

Shift the transmission gear selector to the neutral position and use the brakes, then make a controlled stop a the side of the road and turn off the engine.

If unable to put the vehicle in neutral, turn the engine OFF or to ACC. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to the systems will be lost."

For more information, see the following link:

http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/document/Floor_mat_Owner_Letter_sample.pdf

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Daily Q&A: What do I do if my accelerator gets stuck like the issue with the Toyota recall? 01/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 1:42pm]

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