Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Toyota Trinidad (January 2010 recall of 2.3 million cars in US)

WOW! 2.3 millions cars?!!?! The biggest recall of cars in U.S. history.

From the links: Our investigation indicates that there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position," Toyota USA group vice president Irv Miller said in a statement.

Only the following models can reportedly be affected:
• 2009-2010 RAV4,
• 2009-2010 Corolla,
• 2009-2010 Matrix,
• 2005-2010 Avalon,
• 2007-2010 Camry,
• 2010 Highlander,
• 2007-2010 Tundra,
• 2008-2010 Sequoia

This is a link to the toyota site for the press release. http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/toyota/toyota-consumer-safety-advisory-102572.aspx

This is definitely cause for concern. I had my accelerator pedal stick down once in a Nissan Sunny (B14) and it was not something you ever want to happen to you. I realised what happened and pressed the brake pedal and after a couple seconds the other pedal released by itself so the situation ended well. This was a couple years ago and it has not happened since.

 I have not been looking through the papers recently to know if Toyota Trinidad has issued anything on the matter but I emailed them and the reply was " The vehicles that were recalled were made for North America Market and are all left hand drive , So this will not apply to our market. " Good news, I think.

UPDATE on 22nd February 2010:
I wrote toyota again today and the reply was this -

"I am please to inform you only cars sold in the USA and Canada was affected (i.e. left hand drives vehicle). All vehicles sold by Toyota Trinidad and Tobago Limited were not affected.

Our cars come from Japan only but we received correspondence from Toyota Tsusho Corporation which clearly states-

“In light of the current news, surrounding the announcement in the U.S.A. on a recall of up to two (2) million units of different model types by Toyota we wish to advise that this is based on Left Hand Drive units for that particular market and our vehicles are Right Hand Drive units being manufactured and imported from Japan.”

“Please note that there is no such incident with our vehicles and at this time there is no cause for concern. Your Toyota is built with pride and includes the usual ingredients of Quality, Durability and Reliability that you have come to expect from the World’s Number One Brand!”

However, if you still have some concerns please give us a call to set an appointment to have your vehicle checked by our trained technicians."


  1. i was jus gonna tell u: "see i does listen to u sometimes u knw, i did wat u said and looked it up :P"
    but then thought:
    "ok, scary that it happened to u b4..."
    I still weirded out by my cousin crash..

  2. does Latin America incl. us? http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=ayIhwPX8eJyE

    see also my link on fb

  3. cars bein recalled in europe too... so what these pple sayin abt "left hand drive" again??? should we be scared?

  4. u wrote toyota where? trinidad? u send them the links to d latin american and europe articles??

  5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8484498.stm