Drive A Toyota? Better Stop & Read This

Toyota Motor Corporation has stopped selling and building eight vehicle models, saying there’s a possibility the accelerator pedals may stick in the partially depressed position or slowly return to the idle position. Although Toyota has brought this problem to the forefront, the automaker and experts have advice for drivers of any vehicle, if the accelerator pedal should sticks.
Consumer Reports magazines instructions is simple: First, brake hard. Then put the car in neutral. When you come to a stop, turn off the engine.
The engine may keep revving loudly while you try to stop, but don’t turn it off if you can avoid it. Turning off the engine, means you lose power assisted steering and brakes, and if you turn the key too far, you could lock the steering wheel.
The revving may not be good for the engine, but getting the vehicle to a safe stop is the most important consideration.
Consumer Reports has a video demonstration on its Web site at
Don’t Pump The Brakes. Press Firmly And Steadily.
Toyota warns that pumping the brake pedal will deplete the vacuum assist, which boosts the braking force using power from the engine. If that’s depleted, you’ll need to put much stronger pressure on the brake pedal, and it still might not be enough force to stop safely.
If you can’t put the vehicle in neutral, then turn the engine off. This will not cause the loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.
Toyota advises:
If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the accessory (ACC) position, but don’t remove the key from the ignition, because it will lock the steering wheel.
If you start your car by pressing a button instead of turning a key, push and hold the start-stop button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do not tap the button.