Downeast Toyota refused to fix gas pedal after sudden acceleration TOPIX
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#1 Mar 17, 2013
Feb 26, 2010 - Mount Desert, ME - Vehicle Speed Control
ABOUT 8 OR 9 MONTHS AGO, I WAS DOING MAYBE 45 MILES PER HOUR WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE RPMS WENT WILD, THE ENGINE HOWLED, AND MY 2007 TOYOTA RAV4 LIMITED SPED OFF AS IF SOMEONE HAD DUMPED A BOULDER ON THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL. MY HEART WAS IN MY THROAT AS I TRIED TO STOP THE CAR. PRESSING THE BRAKE HARD DIDN'T DO IT. I THEN STUCK MY FOOT UNDERNEATH THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND PUSHED UP WITH THE TOE OF MY SHOE A FEW TIMES. THAT WORKED AND SUBSEQUENTLY I COULD DEPRESS THE BRAKE AND THE CAR RESPONDED NORMALLY. I ASSUMED AT THE TIME THAT MAYBE THE DRIVER'S-SIDE FLOOR MAT HAD SOMEHOW CREPT UP AND IMPEDED THE FREE OPERATION OF THE PEDAL, A THEORY THAT TOYOTA HEADQUARTERS ALSO SEEMED TO FIND PLAUSIBLE (THOUGH NOT FOR THE RAV4, APPARENTLY). SO I THREW OUT THE MAT AND DIDN'T REPLACE IT WITH ANYTHING. WE HAVE DIRTY CARPETING NOW, BUT WE ARE ALIVE. OF COURSE, IN RECENT WEEKS, THE WORLD HAS LEARNED THAT MILLIONS OF TOYOTAS ARE POTENTIALLY AFFLICTED WITH A STICKY ACCELERATOR PEDAL. TWO WEEKS AGO, WE DROVE OUR CAR TO THE DEALER, DOWNEAST TOYOTA IN BREWER, MAINE, WHEN IT WAS TIME FOR ITS 60,000-MILE SERVICE ANYWAY, AND WE INSISTED THAT THE ACCELERATOR BE REPLACED. WE DISCOVERED LATER THAT THEY HADN'T DONE SO, EVEN THOUGH WE ADVISED THEM CLEARLY THAT WE?D HAD A POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING INCIDENT INVOLVING THE ACCELERATOR. THE REASON THEY WILL NOT REPLACE THE ACCELERATOR, THEY TOLD MY WIFE, IS BECAUSE TOYOTA BELIEVES THAT THE 2007 RAV4 HAS NO ACCELERATOR PROBLEMS. IN OTHER WORDS, OUR CAR IS NOT PART OF THE RECALL, SO WE'RE OUT OF LUCK NO MATTER WHAT I'VE PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED.
#2 Mar 18, 2013
#3 Aug 19, 2013
I have just experienced the sudden acceleration while pulling into a parking spot! I slammed on the brake and it didn't want to stop. I ended up bumping the car in front of me as I got it to stop. The engine was still surging and wouldn't go into reverse. I called Mountain States Toyota here in Denver and explained the problems to the service manager. He told me that he had never heard of such a thing. Wait until he gets all the complaints I have found on the internet. He, of course, is telling me that if they cannot reproduce it and it is not showing error codes(which it isn't) there isn't anything they can do. I told him I wanted the acceleration system thoroughly inspected...which he wants to charge me for UNLESS they do find an issue. By what I have seen on the internet, it is useless to take it in.
I have also had many experiences with the engine surging with tach showing the surge. The ride has gotten so bad with the surging and hesitations, that I am ready to get rid of it. I have taken it to the dealer who, of course, could not duplicate it and it didn't show any computer erors.
#4 Aug 20, 2013
Was your Toyota in the recall? If so, did you have the recall done?
#5 Feb 18, 2014
I was crawling to a stop very, very slowly in my 2006 Toyota Tacoma. It was icy out and I was leaving a parking lot. My foot was above the petals and suddenly like as described above it was like someone dropped a boulder on the accelerator and the rear wheels started spinning out of control on the ice I hit the break and nothing happened and the rear wheels continued to spin out of control and then I shot out into the two lanes of traffic and then my breaks caught. Weird freaky experience and if It happened to anyone else I would say... yeah right. But the thing is IT DID happen to my husband several weeks earlier in a snow storm and I got angry at him for putting us in a snow bank...he decided although it didn't feel like it ...it must have been his boot. Now I don't believe it was his boot at all because my foot wasn't near the petals when the sudden acceleration happened...
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