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Toyota Halts Sales of Popular Models - Accelerator Stuck Problem Recall

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  • NEW YORK (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. asked a federal court to throw out lawsuits over acceleration defects in its cars, saying many of the plaintiffs never identified any defect or experienced sudden, unintended acceleration.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Toyota-asks-court-to-dismiss-apf-3610652525.html
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    All Toyotas do that don't they? I know my 2007 Sequoia will lurch forward if I don't keep a solid pressure on the brake pedal at a light. Someone here said that was normal for Toyotas.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,173
    I've never owned a Toyota so I have no idea. Would be quite interesting if it pans out and includes more Ford models tho.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    A friend of ours just got rid of a new Corolla for that very reason. She did not like the lurching. Especially in reverse. Bought a Hyundai Santa Fe and loves it. It is not like SUA. The vehicle just jumps forward of backward from a dead stop without touching the throttle. I got used to it. My Nissan PU truck does not do it. I think it has something to do with the AC kicking in and out.
  • popsavalonpopsavalon Posts: 231
    Are you saying that the vehicles actually move some distance ("jump forward or backward") with your foot on the brake at a dead stop? If this is related to the A/C compressor cycling on, a slight increase in engine RPM might be noticed, but certainly not enough to move the vehicle with your foot actually on the brake.

    I currently own an Avalon and a Tacoma and have never experienced what you are describing.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    No only if you are sitting there with your foot OFF the brake, not touching the accelerator pedal.
  • dchevdchev Posts: 38
    Interesting! Usually, you have your foot ON gas pedal when you are at a traffic light! How come you take your foot OFF brake pedal and expect the car not to move? I describe this as silly at best or s....d at worst!
    People still do not know how to drive and complain for ridiculous things!
    You cannot trash a whole company for incompetence of some people!
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Seriously, who does that?

    At a stop light, every idiot knows to keep your foot on the brake until you are ready to go.

    Don't they?
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    At a stop light, every idiot knows to keep your foot on the brake until you are ready to go.

    Don't they?


    Evidently not as that is probably the reason for the lurching. I am not a two foot driver with an automatic so my foot stays on the brake until I am ready to move. In my Sequoia you can feel the surge to go forward with your foot on the brake. And I don't think from what I have seen on the road that an IQ test is given for a Driver's license. Idiot drivers outnumber good drivers by about 2 to 1 around here.
  • popsavalonpopsavalon Posts: 231
    I did not want to come right out and use the "I" word, but someone who gets rid of their Corolla because it moves ("lurches") while in gear, without their foot being on the brake, might qualify!
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    Well she is 78 years old and traded a RAV4 in on the Corolla. The RAV4 never gave her any trouble and she loved it. She does not seem to be having any trouble with the Sante Fe, so my guess is the problem was the Corolla.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,862
    Like about 100% of the other SA problems, the problem here appears to be an older driver who can't tell the gas pedal from the brake. Just plain silly.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    ...the only Toyota-branded vehicle in which I'd be remotely interested is on the list - the Avalon.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Anyone who thinks that is a design flaw is just smoking spice or something.....

    Driver training and common sense tells everyone that when stopped, in gear, you need to have your foot on the brake, firmly.

    Anyone who drives any other way is just NOT doing it right.

    And also - two-footed driving is a NO-NO for automatic transmissions !!! One right foot does it all !!!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    edited May 2011
    way back in driver's ed being told to keep my right foot on the brake while stopped at a red light. Of course, I cheated and used my left foot to hold the brake pedal down at times but always went back to holding it down with my right foot. It's just the old-skool correctoid way, man! :D

    Anyone else remember this or do a lot of you hold down the brake pedal with your left foot while being stopped at red lights?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "when stopped, in gear, you need to have your foot on the brake, firmly.."

    Rapidly becoming an urban legend, that.

    Almost all modern day vehicles rolling off the production line have "hill start", often referred to as "hill hold".

    With the advent of more ROBUST torque converter lockup clutches the torque converter, LITTLE used torque converter, was down-sized, made less powerful.

    So, now, on level terrain the TC will often not have enough coupling at idle to move the vehicle. Conversely it also does not have enough coupling to hold the vehicle stationary when stopped on a uphill facing incline.

    Move your foot from the brake pedal on the way to placing it on the gas pedal, the car rolls, begins to roll, and "Hill Start" detects the roll and automatically applies the brakes.

    Now when you finally get your foot to the gas pedal and apply pressure the brakes have been applied so there will be a slight delay in the DBW system's response to the gas pedal pressure.

    Some vehicle's flash the TC light and activate a short beep to make the driver aware of what just happened.
  • jennicavjennicav Posts: 1
    HaHa I find this hilarious. I was one of the passengers in the cobalt. I sustained serious injuries from the lady driving the toyota sienna. The immigrant decided to cross the freeway and stop right in the lane that we were driving in. There was no steering issues with the cobalt and there wasnt even anytime to swerve out of the way. Her van got T boned and it was 100% her fault. Cobalt was a great car. No problems
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,004
    edited May 2011
    Wow, I'm amazed you found us! (surprised that one of the links still works).

    Hope you are mending ok.

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  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Regardless of any technology advances.....

    Your right foot is sitting there doing NOTHING anyway when you are stopped at a light - so why not burn a few calories by holding the brake down, instead of relying on some "mystery technology" to keep you from rolling forward?

    That's how it's still taught in driver's ed, and how it SHOULD be taught.
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