The incident was with an ES350, where the dealer loaning the car put SUV floormats in it, causing the gas pedal to stick... and since the driver apparently had no idea putting the car in neutral stops it from accelerating (or how to turn the engine off) a whole family was killed.So, any thoughts about this? Didn't this originally stem from an incident in Southern California from an ES350 or IS250 or something like that?
Knightshade... are these really two different recalls? I thought at first the floormats were being blamed... but after a car WITHOUT floormats had the same problem... they then realized it was the pedal assembly at fault.
About the cars being built in Japan. Even though certain cars are built in Japan... I heard some of the sources for parts may still come from North America.
And just as an example... Peugeot is recalling a car that was designed with Toyota as well.
I kinda question this one. I did a "trial" of this doing 100+ mph, with my foot smashed to the floor and then I hit the brakes with the other foot. funny thing happened...I slowed down quite a bit. Though my test is fatally flawed because I did it on an IS250.I think everybody is so panicked that it just doesn't come to mind to put the car in neutral.
Different sources have said that if you hammer on the brakes... it would be enough to make the car stop as well. But the mind just doesn't think straight under pressure.
Or just put it in neutral and stop the car smoothly without needing to fight the engine to do it.There was a video on this acceleration problem which says pumping your brakes is one of the worse things you could do. Just slam on the brakes and bring the car under control.