February 1st, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Toyota recall: What to do if your car's on the list

Toyota has announced it would expand its recall of millions of vehicles due to a defect in the accelerator pedal assembly.

Peter Valdes-Dapena
CNN Money Senior writer

Millions of Toyotas - some of them among America's most popular cars - are under scrutiny as the result of two separate recalls, both involving problems with the gas pedal.

Here is what Toyota owners need to know as the carmaker scrambles to find a fix for the problems.

How big is the problem? All major auto manufacturers have gotten at least some complaints of "unintended acceleration" in their vehicles. According to a December 2009 analysis by Consumer Reports looking at a federal database, Toyota has received a disproportionate number of complaints.

How many deaths have there been? In the past 10 years, according to some analyses, there have been 19 deaths in Toyota vehicles connected to some form of unintended acceleration, a figure that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls "plausible" based on its data.

Similar statistics have not been provided for other automakers, so there's no way to know how Toyota compares to other major automakers in this regard.

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