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Toyota pedal problems?

Asked by Sandydog (1263points) February 5th, 2010 from iPhone

We have a Toyota Lexus and were wondering if we should be concerned?
Its not showing up on the Toyota site.

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HGl3ee's avatar

I would, honestly, call Toyota directly. EIther a dealership, or their head office (where ever that is) Have your VIN number and make, model, year all ready; they will be able to tell you exactly if your vehicle is in the area of the mass-recall or not. Being it’s one of the pedals, I would not leave it to chance! Good luck :)

JLeslie's avatar

Call your Lexus dealer. I have not heard that the pedal problem was in Lexus, but can’t hurt to check. There is also a goverment website for all recalled items will end .gov. Maybe google recalls and government and it will pop up.

engineeristerminatorisWOLV's avatar

If you own a Toyota, get it tested in one of the Toyota centres.Each and every thing related to machine are subjected to failure at one point or time or other,but necessary precautions should be taken to avoid those.It’s good that news is out,but how far the news is genuine and how things have affected Toyota owners across the world, is a matter to consider.There’s nothing to panic,just get the pedal and other stuffs tested,if it successfully passes the tests,be rest assured and don’t forget to go for regular maintenance and mechanical parts checkups and testings.To be honest, mechanical issues are not only with Toyota, but with anything manmade that moves on the surface of the earth.Best wishes.

Pazza's avatar

Is the lexus a hybrid?

If so, the news today said that Toyota is about to recall over a hundred thousand Prius’s due to something being wrong with the throttle or brakes (can’t remember).

Try looking for Prius problems if your lexus is a hybrid.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t think the problem has anything to do with being a hybrid.

JLeslie's avatar

Here is what I found: The models involved are: 2007 to 2010 MY (model year) Camry, 2005 to 2010 MY Avalon, 2004 to 2009 MY Prius, 2005 to 2010 MY Tacoma, 2007 to 2010 MY Tundra, 2007 to 2010 MY ES350, 2006 to 2010 MY IS250, and 2006 to 2010 MY IS 350. From this link but I would still call the dealer to be sure.

Sandydog's avatar

Thanks for the answers folks

john65pennington's avatar

Most of Toyotas problems lie within vehicle made in the USA, not in Japan. this may be a good rule of thumb for you.

Lightlyseared's avatar

I have a friend who thinks that the recall is a con. Toyota is one of the only profitable car companies and it is using the recall as a way to profit share with it’s dealer network to help the dealers stay afloat and sell more cars. Why else would you recall 2 million vehicles globally after 28 dangerous cases worldwide?

As the narrator in Fight Club says “Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don’t do one.”

Lightlyseared's avatar

Having said that I’d still get my car checked out!

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

USA Today ran a full page announcement from Toyota as to why particular Toyotas and also their Lexus brand aren’t affected, I’m sure the article is available online if you google it. The pedal mechanism is one shared by some domestic brands too that use the same one from the same manufacturer which is here in the states. Toyotas made in Japan use a different one so if your car’s VIN # starts with a J then you’ve nothing to worry about.

JLeslie's avatar

@Lightlyseared That is some assertion. Maybe they pride themselves on safety and reliability (this is part of the reason the Japanese cars did so well in America) decided to copy Tylenol’s approach when they had a few bottle poison people, and tell the public.

robmandu's avatar

A “Toyota Lexus”?

I got one idea as to why you’re not finding it on the list.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@robmandu: Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand so it’s not out of the question there are many shared parts.

ragingloli's avatar

Just as likely as finding a part from a Skoda Octavia in the Bugatti Veyron..

robmandu's avatar

NTHSA reports:

Toyota, Lexus and Pontiac vehicles affected by the floor mat entrapment recall are:

2007–2010 Camry
2005–2010 Avalon
2004–2009 Prius
2005–2010 Tacoma
2007–2010 Tundra
2007–2010 Lexus ES 350
2006–2010 Lexus IS 250 and IS350
2008–2010 Highlander
2009–2010 Corolla
2009–2010 Venza
2009–2010 Matrix
2009–2010 Pontiac Vibe

Toyota, Lexus and Pontiac vehicles affected by the sticky pedal recall are:

2007–2008 Tundra
2008–2010 Sequoia
2005–2010 Avalon
2007–2010 Camry
2009–2010 Corolla
2009–2010 Matrix
2009–2010 RAV4
2010 Highlander
2009–2010 Vibe

For more information, consumers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Hotline at 888–327-4236 or the Toyota Experience Center at 1–800-331–4331 or the Lexus Customer Assistance Center at 1–800-255–3987.

lilikoi's avatar

@Lightlyseared I like the occasional well-crafted conspiracy theory, but I seriously doubt that’s what’s happening in the case of Toyota. Their stock value plummeted. This recall is tainting their image. They (and Honda) set the industry standard for safety and reliability, and this is a major setback on these fronts. Further, I doubt they are charging for the fix. More likely Toyota is eating the expense to save face.

I’ve only been loosely following this, but I think they may have to do more recalls as it doesn’t sound like they have found the root of the problem yet (or perhaps they just don’t want to disclose it, which would be pretty risky IMO).

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@lilikoi: Toyota is not charging it’s customers for the fix. What is sad though is they will not use the manufacturer of the questionable part any longer and that’s going mean the loss of that HUGE contract and maybe loss of jobs for people at that US factory.

jerv's avatar

@lilikoi IIRC, if it’s a recall then they can’t charge you!

@Lightlyseared If you want a conspiracy theory then blame the US for attempting to sabotage Toyota :P

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