Tips on how to verify if your Toyota is included in the recall

If you want to know if your Toyota is included in the recall you will have to check your vehicle identification number and the pedal itself.

Toyota uses as a source for accelerator pedals the Denso and CTS suppliers.
The latter supplies the pedals that are currently being recalled. Toyota announced that the vehicles built in Japan all use pedals from Denso, while those built in North America are equipped with the recalled CTS pedal.

It seems that vehicles such as the FJ Cruiser, which is built only in Japan, can only be equipped with the Denso pedals. Meanwhile, vehicles that are only built in North America such as the Tundra, Avalon, Matrix, and Sequoia, are virtually guaranteed to be equipped with the recalled CTS pedals.

Therefore, if you take a look at your VIN, which is affixed in the lower left hand corner of the windshield and in the driver’s doorjamb you will know if your Toyota is included in the recall.
If the first character of the VIN is a “J,” then your vehicle was built in Japan and is not part of the recall. If the first character is a “1,” however, the vehicle was made in North America, and is part of the recall.

Nevertheless, there’s an exception to the rule. Camrys with VIN sequences starting with “4T1” were built with both pedal types, making a visual inspection necessary.

According to Inside Line, owners can identify CTS pedals from Denso units by crawling under the dash and looking at the accelerator pedal assembly. Denso assemblies sport four silver bolts on the left-hand side of the assembly casing, and is also stamped “Denso.” CTS units, however, are devoid of the bolts, and sport a rectangular metal plate on the assembly’s left-hand side.

Nevertheless, if there are any doubts on whether or not your car falls under the recall, don’t hesitate to visit your local Toyota dealership for an inspection and more information.

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Toyota stopped producing of eight car models

Eight Toyota models no longer can be bought from USA customers on unlimited period of time. The decision affects the same models put under a recall due to some pedal speed problems.

Toyota suspended officially the selling of the eight models in US. The measure was taken without precedent in auto industry history in U.S.

“Our customer’s safety and restoration of a high level of trust in Toyota are extremely important elements for our company. We’re making every effort we can to thank our client as soon as possible”, said Toyota vice president, Bob Carter.

The cars which were out of production are RA V4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon and a part of engine version of models Camry, Highlander, Tundra and Sequoia. This decision doesn’t affects Scion and Lexus and also none of the versions of Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and Camry Hybrid, all these are available for sell.

One of the most important effects of this decision is closing the production in five Toyota factories from U.S. for five weeks, starting 1 February in order not to produce too many car models that won’t be sold.

Michelle Krebs, senior analyst from Edmunds.com said: “This decision shows how serious is the safety problem. All started with some minor problem and ended with closing some factories for a long period of time, and I believe the Japanese entire credibility is under question this moment”.

There are also opinions that pro Toyota’s decision. “It was necessary a message from Toyota that they care about their clients more than of their profit. And the Japanese done it”, said Edmunds executive director, Jeremy Anwyl.

Toyota also announced that the recall started in U.S. might extend in Europe. Although, there isn’t information from Japanese, the Nip press rumored to be about two million units affected in Europe.

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