Employee Raul Quecada places a 'No Sale' sign on a used Toyota vehicle at a Toyota dealership Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 in Alhambra, California. Toyota Motor Corp. announced late Tuesday it would halt sales of some of its top-selling models to fix accelerator pedals that could stick and cause unintended acceleration.
(AP Photo/Nick Ut)
And over in a country called the United States of America, Toyotas are being recalled by the millions and production of certain new Toyotas halted. The models recalled are the 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, Certain 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra and 2008-2010 Sequoia. Toyota has instructed all its dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the models involved in the recall for “sticking accelerator pedal” problems announced a on the 21st of January 2010. This supposedly sticky pedal has purportedly caused 4 deaths. Last year, Toyota recalled nearly four million vehicles due to floor mats that could trap accelerator pedals, also causing unintended acceleration. According to Toyota, these issues are not related to one another. Basically different part problems but same symptom; the accelerator pedal gets stuck and may kill people. I wonder why go into certain technicalities when the end result is the same. It's like if someone kills you with a pistol by shooting you with it or using the pistol to beat you to death with it. The thing that kills you is a pistol any which way you look at it.
Anyway, could this problem be related to the Camrys that are sold in South East Asia? According to sources the glitch only affects Left Hand Drive vehicles and not our Right Hand Drive models. The latest news is that Toyota Europe is checking whether their cars are affected and the same goes to Toyota in China. This is an even bigger blow as it may be a worldwide recall. I also did some research and I found out that the Camrys manufactured in America (and maybe some in Europe) have their pedals supplied by a company called CTS corp., based in Elkhart, Indiana. CTS have a manufacturing plant located in Bloomingdale and according to their press release has facilities in Asia. After browsing through all the news, the Camrys manufactured in Japan and in Thailand for the ASEAN market have no mention of having any parts manufactured by CTS. I suppose it can be substantiated that Right Hand Drive models do not face this problem by the fact that if our Camrys were affected, we'd see lots of them in Singapore's walls, buildings and lakes as the Toyota Camry is a top seller in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and some people say Batam. But jokes aside, I do hope that I am not wrong about this.
Check out CTS Corp's slightly vague press release on the matter here and see if it tells you something or does it beat around the bush.