Toyota Gas Pedal Recall
The Toyota gas pedal recall has many consumers wondering if the cars are safe to drive. In 2009, twenty people lost their lives while driving Toyota cars with faulty gas pedals. Toyota initially blamed the problem on the floor mats. However, after further investigations, the company admitted that it was a gas pedal technical issue after the problem was discovered in two other countries. All car drivers should definitely keep on reading, and Toyota car owners should take notes.
As consumers patiently waited to find out what caused the Toyota gas pedal recall, Toyota did not move fast enough to inform the public that the gas pedal sensors that are controlled by a computer was the problem. The gas pedal is not connected to the engine the way older cars were made. Electrical wires are connected to the pedal and as the pedal is engaged the sensor sends a signal to the engine’s central computer system to accelerate. Sometimes the sensor or the computer malfunctioned causing deaths, accidents and injuries.
Since the problem was not immediately addressed, the Toyota gas pedal recall may have damaged the company’s reputation. Officials have known for years that there was an acceleration problem with some models and they did not do anything about it until the press and the media blew the whistle. Simply put, Toyota was trying to protect their quality image, while people were driving their defective cars. They should have been upfront and straight-forward about the problem.
A note to all car drivers and those who have been affected by the Toyota gas pedal recall, you can expect to see many more of these recalls in the future. Why? Cars are becoming more complex with computer systems, electrical computer systems, navigation systems, and these systems sometimes fail. There was a time when a recall only included a part such as a starter or a battery. Although we are in the driver’s seat, if you have a new model car, most likely a computer is driving you on your way to work, so be careful.