Toyota Owners – What To Do If Your Gas Pedal Sticks While Driving

I can only imagine the terror that must have been felt by those who, while driving a Toyota, had the gas pedal stick. Some drivers have reported their vehicles speeding up to over 100 m.p.h., and the braking system failing to stop the car. In some unfortunate incidents drivers and passengers have lost their lives when the vehicle eventually crashed.

Here is what Toyota advises to do in case you become a victim of a stuck gas pedal:

What if you experience a sticking accelerator pedal while driving?

  • Each circumstance may vary, and drivers must use their best judgment, but Toyota recommends taking one of following actions:
    • If you need to stop immediately, the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal with both feet using firm and steady pressure.  Do not pump the brake pedal as it will deplete the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist.
    • 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. 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 as this will lock the steering wheel.

Try to remain calm and keep your emotions at bay. Many drivers may panic, which will only aggravate an already dangerous situation.

Comments welcome.

Source – Toyota Web site

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  • Ryan Farmer

    Shift into neutral, pull off into the emergency lane, apply the brake to stop, when stopped shut the car off.

    NEVER turn the car off while you’re in drive and going that fast, you’ll lose steering.

    Simple, huh?

  • Peter Licopantis

    Please advice me ASAP if my 2007 Camry XLE,
    VIN #4T1BE46K57U566292 is effect with the gas pedal stick.

    Thank you.

  • Philip Ball

    Don’t panick (Mr Manwaring), The advice issued by Toyota is pretty sound – that and for common sense to prevail. Shifting into Neutral straight away will allow the vehicle to be brought to a controlled stop in the normal way using the foot brake. The engine will simply rev-out to the limiter which won’t sound very nice but shouldn’t cause any actual damage even though this would be a minor consideration anyway at the time. Let Toyota pick-up the bill for this anyway.

  • Philip Ball

    Oh yes I forgot to mention that you may wish to turn off the engine once you have stopped – don’t try this until you are stationary though, you might lock the steering in error.

    Or you could leave it revving it’s Knack### off until the mechanic arrives :-)

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Peter,
    I would recommend that you take your Toyota to any Toyota dealer to see if your vehicle is among the ones with issues.

    Regards, Ron

  • Miley

    Why do they not say this on the radio or the news on tv?

    I have heard about this so many times now but nobody ever says the common sense answers.

    It is the average person who has no idea what to do when something unexpected happens. That is why people have died due to this situation.

    I don’t feel bad for those people at all though, it’s their own fault for not actually learning to drive. And yes, knowing what to do in an emergancy is knowing how to drive.

    In ending, the news and radio programs that wish to talk about this issue should be saying, ” Hey common sense, here is what you can do”