February 24th, 2010
03:04 PM ET

Video: How to stop vehicle with stuck gas pedal

Brian Todd | BIO
CNN Correspondent

Toyota's recent recall of millions of vehicles for sticking accelerator pedals may get drivers wondering: What should you do if a vehicle is accelerating uncontrollably?

Accelerator pedals in the 2.3 million vehicles that Toyota recalled may, in rare circumstances, become stuck after the pedal mechanisms become worn, the automaker has said.

Toyota says it is shipping reinforcement parts to dealers, and that dealers will start repairs as soon as this weekend. The U.S. Transportation Department urges owners of the recalled vehicles to arrange fixes as soon as possible, though Toyota says the sticking problem is rare and happens gradually, and if no sticking is noticed in a vehicle, it should be safe to drive.

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  1. linda valentino

    i owned anew chevy nova in 1986 and it was made by toyota for gm to be comparably to the corolla model in 1986 from the get go that car had an accelaration problem when i was stopped while waiting to get into traffic it would accelerate all by itself also my mother had an odd accident when as she explained her 1986 nova accelerated out of control into her neighbors front steps and caused damage my mother said her car just took off and since she was in her 70s i just thought she hit the gas instead of the brake but she insisted she did not and the car just took off on its own and my mother was of sound mind also

    February 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
  2. Cecil

    Brian, I believe that the test that you were involved in with a toyota could be done with most other autos. Would you ask that question and in fairness, report the answer.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  3. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    My preferred method of stopping a run away vehicle is to aim for a large group of Democrats. They're so full of hot air, it should be a soft landing.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
  4. Tim Gibson

    As well as being alert and skilled in avoiding other drivers on the road, we now must become skilled test drivers for auto makers.

    It appears Toyota wants to place part of the blame on the "mis-use" of the vechile by the operator on problems with the reliablility and safety one would expect in purchasing an auto.

    The era of the warning label may be the problem, when common sense meets failure in production, aside from the failure of the NTSB in providing oversight that is their main goal in being a paid employee of the people in pointing safety issues at every level.

    Who in a position of "power" is willing to give up their life in exchange for excuses.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm |