Are toyotas safe to drive

Are Toyotas Safe To Drive?

Japanese automaker Toyota has been producing passenger cars since 1936. In the 74 years since, they have established a reputation as a company that builds a solid, reliable car. During that time, the company has become the largest automobile manufacturer in the world.

Recently, several issues regarding Toyota cars and consumer safety have been making headlines. The company recently authorized an unprecedented recall of eight different models made during the 2007-2010 model years because of problems stemming from defective gas pedals. Under certain circumstances, the gas pedals can become “stuck”, causing the vehicle to accelerate at times when it may not be wise to do so. In addition, some of their vehicles have been affected by a related problem involving poorly designed floor mats that have become stuck in the gas pedal, resulting in the same type of unwanted acceleration.

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The most recent concerns regarding Toyota cars involve a problem with the brakes in their celebrated Prius hybrid. While the company has yet to admit to brake problems in the Prius line, there have been numerous complaints about the brakes failing to work properly.

As a result of these problems, Toyota has had to recall more than four million vehicles, including 2.3 million in the United States alone. The affected models have been temporarily removed from sale, and the company is trying to quickly repair the gas pedals in affected cars as owners bring them in.

Are Toyota cars safe to drive? The U.S. Government has issued conflicting information on the problem. Transportation secretary Ray Lahood initially suggested that owners park their cars until they could be repaired. He later recanted the statement, saying that the cars are safe to drive unless owners have specifically had problems with their cars.

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It would seem, with repairs not entirely underway and with some problems, such as the brake troubles with the Prius, not yet fully understood, that it would make sense for owners of Toyota cars to exercise caution with them. If you must drive them, then drive them, but be cognizant of the fact that problems may yet arise. If you have one of the affected models, try to get it to your dealer as soon as possible. And if you can avoid driving your Toyota until the vehicle has been repaired by your dealer, by all means do so. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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