Three myths about the Toyota recall that need to be addressed

3 myths about Toyota recall

3 myths about toyota recall

The 2009 Toyota Corolla was recalled due to unintended acceleration issues.

When Toyota recalled millions of vehicles in 2009 and 2010 for reports of unintended acceleration, the auto industry was taken aback. How could this auto giant make such a big mistake? As a primary Toyota dealer in Grand Junction CO, we pride ourselves on our product. Here are the top 3 myths about the Toyota recall:

1. Toyota knew about and hid the acceleration problems since 2002

An issue that was referenced in Toyota recall investigation was about a glitch in the 2002-2003 Camry. Toyota manufacturers noticed the transmission torque converter was causing a rocking motion in the Camry, but Toyota addressed those issues and fixed the vehicles to fit industry standards. That had nothing to do with the unintended acceleration or throttle issues, and is not unique to Toyota vehicles.

2. Toyota attempted to conceal and secretly fix an electronic defect that was causing unintended acceleration.

It was found that most of the unintended acceleration issues were caused by the acceleration pedal either sticking or getting caught under the floor mat. Toyota addressed both of these issues openly with recalls. The result of the months-long investigation into this issue from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was there was no electronic cause for unintended acceleration, meaning it would have been impossible for Toyota to cover up something that didn’t exist.

3. Toyota bought back vehicles of those who suffered from unintended acceleration, requiring confidentiality agreements

Only one of the 75 unintended acceleration glitches was found to be due to a defect in the vehicle. In certain instances, a vehicle manufacturer may repurchase a vehicle as a duty to the customer in the name of quality and safety. Repurchase agreements do not typically contain confidentiality clauses, as is the case with any vehicles that are repurchased by Toyota in this case, as well as any others.

We still stand behind Toyota as a brand and are excited to see everything the company is going to accomplish. Take a chance and check out our inventory of new and used Toyota vehicles. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


Above is a Toyota Camry that was recalled between 2009-2010.