One of the largest recalls for Toyota Motors Corp. includes the infamous throttle accelerator becoming stuck while driving. Legal accusations suggest that Toyota Motors Corp. concealed the knowledge of problems that caused many driving situations having sudden unintended acceleration resulting in injuries and deaths. Huge fines of 1.2 billion dollars were paid by Toyota following a federal criminal investigation. The US government and many consumers allege Toyota defrauded car buyers by not disclosing the accelerator problems with its Toyota, Lexus, and Scion. Toyota’s problems with the acceleration becoming stuck are caused by incompatible floor mats that trapped the gas pedal of the affected vehicles, as well as the gas pedals becoming partially stuck. Some drivers and passengers were killed or injured after these incidents causing accidents.

During the situation of a sticking throttle, people do not usually know what to do. With these models having a one button push start, on and off ignition switch the push button actually does not turn off the car while it is in drive. When this unexpected acceleration occurs, the only option you have is to quickly put the vehicle into neutral and then apply the brakes. Putting the Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicle into neutral will disconnect the accelerating engine from the wheels allowing the braking to be effective. The knowledge of what to do in these kinds of emergency situations may also help save lives for people that are still driving vehicles with the potential problems.

The affected vehicles include some years of the following makes and models:
Toyota: 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Celica, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, Rav4, Sequoia, Sienna, Solara, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, and Yaris
Lexus: ES300, ES330, ES350, GS300, GS350, GS400, GS430, GS450h, GS460, GX470, HS250h; IS F, IS250, IS250c, IS300, IS350, IS350c, IS400, LS400, LS430, LS460, LS600h, LX470, LX570, RX330, RX350, RX400h, RX450h, SC300, SC400 and SC430
Scion: tC, xB, and xD

With Toyota Motor Corp. being one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, recalls are the inedible. The newest recalls facing Toyota includes approx. 2,500 2012 – 2014 RAV4 EV and 110,000 Toyota models of 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Model Year RAV4 vehicles for components in the Electric Vehicle Traction Motor Assembly (part of the propulsion system). According to Toyota, these makes could experience an unexpected shift to ‘neutral’ due to a software issue. Basically Toyota admits that a circuit board for the electric power steering (EPS) may have been damaged during its manufacturing process.

If you own a newer Toyota, Lexus or Scion, call your local dealer with your vehicle identification number and verify that all of your safety issues are resolved and there are no open recalls for your vehicle. Toyota will repair the affected recalls at no cost at the local dealerships.

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