Toyota’s Directions for Uncontrolled Acceleration

Jan 07, 2010

When Toyota first issued its safety recall regarding the risk of sudden acceleration in certain models, the automaker suggested that drivers remove any driver’s side floor mats until a permanent safety fix could be put in place.  However, Toyota has also provided information on what to do if your vehicle experiences uncontrolled acceleration if the gas pedal becomes stuck open.

If the floor mat is responsible for the stuck pedal, the driver should attempt to dislodge it immediately if it is safe to do so.  If moving the floor mat is not an option, here is what Toyota recommends:

  • Firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do not pump the brake pedal repeatedly since this will increase the effort required to slow the vehicle.
  • Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at 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 these systems will be lost.
  • If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do not tap the Engine Start/Stop button.
  • If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do not remove the key from the ignition since this will lock the steering wheel.

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