Toyota Australia Confirms Australian Models Unaffected By International Recalls

Mike Stevens | Feb 1, 2010

TOYOTA AUSTRALIA HAS today confirmed that Australian-delivered and built models are unaffected by the carmaker's international recalls.

The announcement comes on the heels of massive Toyota recalls in North America, Europe and China, due to sticking accelerator pedals.

In a statement today, Toyota Australia said that accelerator pedals for Toyota vehicles sold in Australia, and those manufactured locally for export, are provided by a different supplier and therefore remain unaffected.

In the US, Toyota has suspended sales of eight models, including the Corolla, Highlander (Kluger), Camry, Avalon, Tundra, Matrix and Sequoia.

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Across North America, nearly 2.3 million vehicles have been recalled. Internationally, the number is expected to top four million.

Toyota said that production of its full range - including the eight suspended models - continues, with a new pedal design now being installed in all affected models.

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  • Wheelnut says,
    5 years ago
    Even f the locally built Cars were affected by the [latest in a series of] recalls it wouldn't really be that much of a problem because Toyo-oz export approximately 60-70% of production so there wouldn't be that many out of control Cam-rions on our roads..
  • Wheelnut says,
    5 years ago
    The ironic thing is that under the "Lemon Laws" in the USA a car has to be recalled for even the slightest safety related issue [as deemed by the NHTSA]

    As a result Toyota are quickly becoming the world's most recalled car manufacturer - if they aren't already!

    So they; have fallen victim to the same Lemon Laws that Toyo-philes want introduced in Australia to try and rid our roads of Holdens and Fords that are supposedly unreliable and poorly built
  • Mark says,
    5 years ago
    I believe Australia has the largest proportion of old cars (over 15/20/25/30 years) on the road in the Western world. Introducing the Lemon Laws here would certainly make it safer for everyone.
  • Wheelnut says,
    5 years ago
    There's a difference between Safe and Roadworthy

    The US Lemon Laws apply mainly to design and safety problems with brand new cars.. It would be virtually impossible to determine whether or not a 15+yo car is a Lemon or has any such problems.. as the safety standards etc have changed

    You can't really compare a 1948 Holden to a VE can you?
  • Alex says,
    5 years ago
    I don't understand how Toyota's in Australia cannot be affected. Firstly, the design of the car is determined by Toyota - suppliers manufacture to Toyota's specfiications. There is no way the design of pedals (if not the entire accelerator unit) is different for Toyota's in Australia vs. US, Europe and China, etc. Secondly, we have an RAV4 and it came to Australia from Japan. It was not assembled in Australia. So why isn't it affected? I think this is a case of the US laws being more stringent and the Aus Government under Rudd being afraid of driving Toyota and other auto manufacturers out of Australia. But are they putting Aussie lives at risk? I'd appreciate if someone far more technical than me can respond to my questions about design/specfications vs. part supplier. Thanks.
  • Ian Montgomery says,
    5 years ago
    Alex
    The accelerator pedal is on the other side of the vehicle so it may be designed differently> It just may be that the problem isn't the pedal but is an interference somewhere along the signal path. With the differences in LHD and RHD looms etc then the cuase of the problem may not be affecting RHD modles. Id the design is inherently the same then this is where Toyota should be looking.
    The Japanese RAV4s have a pedal made by Denso not by CTS and the are differently constructed. I am not sure they work the same as the CTS is a patented system using magnetic induction to produce the signal. This explains how it works
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnFp2yLBnNQ
  • says,
    5 years ago
    TOYOTA KLUGER. AT MELBOURNE AIRPORT 11TH FEBRUARY THIS VEHICLE, WITH FOUR ADULTS ON BOARD ACCELERATED FORWARD TO DRAW CLOSER TO THE VEHICLE IN FRONT - A TWENTY METER GAP. THE SPEED WAS EXCESSIVE AND I COULD NOT STOP - HIT THE VEHICLE IN FRONT, WHICH IN TURN HIT THE ONE IN FRONT OF THAT. THERE WILL BE A CONSIDERABLE INSURANCE CLAIM.
    I ASSUMED THAT I MUST HAVE HAD MY FOOT JAMMED BETWEEN BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDAL.
    HOWEVER, ON CHECKING THE INTERNET I FIND THAT THIS DESCRIPTION IS SIMILAR TO EXPERIENCES OVERSEAS, WHICH HAVE LED TO MASS RECALLS
    I AM ASSURED THAT THIS CANNOT HAPPEN IN AUSTRALIA, AS THE PEDAL MANUFACTURER IS NOT THE SAME AS THAT USED IN THE US OR EUROPE.
    THE VEHICLE WAS ON LOAN TO ME FROM A FAMILY MEMBER, AND I AM NOT A REGULAR DRIVER OF IT.
    I WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR NOTIFICATION FROM ANYONE IN AUSTRALIA WHO MIGHT HAVE SUFFERED IN A SIMILAR FASHION.
    IF OTHERS HAVE HAD THIS EXPERIENCE, THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL IN AUSTRALIA ALSO.
  • says,
    5 years ago
    I would just like to report that 3 hours ago I was travelling north on the Princess H'way when I went to overtake a car towing a caravan. The car and caravan were in the right overtaking lanes so I indicated left and accelerated. I pushed the accelerator down to the floor and when I went to ease off the accelerator didn't come back up. I tapped the accelerator - still stuck totally to the floor. Then I put my foot on the brake which slowed the vehicle a bit and then tapped the accelerator again - still stuck. Once again I eased on the brakes and then tapped the accelerator a third time. This time the pedal released. I pulled over and started to get a bit upset. The whole situation was very scary. The car is a leased vehicle, a Toyota Corolla 4 cyl automatic with 58000ks on the clock. Not sure what year model - either late 08 or early 09. I was travelling at just over 100kms when this happened The car is now in the Toyota dealership. I don't know (or care) why or how the accelerator became stuck to the floor but this was a very dangerous situation that I hope gets rectified. And this incident had nothing to do with the floor mat.

    • says,
      5 years ago
      I have a Toyota Carolla Sep08 and a few months after I bought it, I was parked on the side of the road and took off on the road pushing the accelerator to the floor. The accelerate got stuck and I hit the brakes which slowed the car , put the ignition in neutral and then took the keys out to stop the ignitiion.While the car was stopped (in the middle of the road on a side street) I got out and had a look at the accelerator and pushed my foot on it a few times and it seemed fine. I thought, maybe I just imagined that there was something wrong because my stereo was blasting as sometimes I do over react to things and all seemed fine now. So, with hands shaking for the next 30 mins I drove carefully home keeping large spaces between myself and the driver in front (which is not easy in Sydney traffic).

      That was about a year ago and I have had no further problems until today. I was driving on the freeway and went to overtake a car and put my foot to the floor to move to the left lane and overtake. The acclerator got stuck, I hit the brake a few times to try to slow down and immediately put my indicator on to pull over to the side of the freeway (as I was doing 110km/hr and had traffic behind me). I then put the car in park (dont ask me why) the wheels were screeching which made me quickly put it into neutral and turned the hazzard lights on. I then pumped the accerlerator a few times but it did not unstick. I took the keys out of the ignition and immediately the accelerator become unstuck. This time I had people in the car, and they were completely freaked out. I said to them this had happened before and if I dont put my foot to the floor it should be ok to drive home.

      The car is now at Toyota for them to figure out what is wrong. There is clearly an issue with the acceralator sticking in 2008 Carolla (Australia) on some occasisions when the driver hits the accerlerator to the floor.
  • says,
    5 years ago
    hi dear fans i am a toyota lover and i like most of the toyta made vehicles but my latest love is toyota hiace box style style but its too big and expensive for some people , and toyota should look forward to create a mini toyota hiace van for those who cannot afford the bigger one ,
  • says,
    5 years ago
    I AM GLAD TO SEE THAT I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE TO HAVE ACCELERATOR PROBLEMS WITH A TOYOTA IN AUSTRALIA - THANKYOU MARIAN JONES.
    IS IT REALLY TRUE THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO SUCH PROBLEMS TO HAVE OCCURRED?
    DAVID FOX-SMITH.
    • says,
      5 years ago
      Dear David

      My thoughts exactly. I had Toyota Sydney come down to inspect the car and they could find nothing wrong with it. I rang NRMA to let them know about the incident but was told that since I wasn't a member (my husband and our car is!) that I was not allowed to access any of their services. I explained that I only wanted to let their technical services division know in case this has happened to other people. NRMA (or at least the stupid woman that I was speaking to) wasn't interested.

      Hopefully, ours are isolated events but who knows? Is there any central independant body that collects this type of information?

      If I had run up the back of the caravan and died, it would have been thought that I was a crazy driver just going too fast. It has really made me start to wonder about other accidents that have occurred.
      Marianne
  • says,
    5 years ago
    Well, Marianne, I think we should continue to investigate the matter. RACV seemed not to want to pursue the report from me: they commented that the overseas manufacturers only sent their worst products to Australia - which I hope is not true. Perhaps the way forward is to continue to search for a record of similar problem reported over the internet.
    Toyota Australia have asserted that the incident is likely to have been related to non Toyota floormats - but this has been rejected as a reason in the investigation of similar incidents overseas.
    David Fox-Smith, df605282@bigpond.net.au
  • says,
    4 years ago
    There is a cover up in Australia that is for sure. My Toyota Kluger has now stuck twice. How many people need to have accidents or die before Toyota stop burying their heads in the sand.

    My car has been back four times - they don't know why but they keep saying there is no problem in Australia. I have factory fitted floormats which are always tethered. I have escalated within Toyota with no impact. There most recent correspondence says "we can only conclude that some type of interference may have occured, such as a vehicle floor mat or other such item not restrained".

    I was seconds from a major accident on the M5 when my pedal stuck. Clearly from above other people have had the problem.

    Toyota - time to be honest and open and start taking your responsibilities seriously. We only need to look in the US where it took months and many deaths before they acknowledged the problem. Finally they said Europe is impacted and then China. Funny that Australia has no problems!
  • says,
    4 years ago
    i have been researching the sticking accelerator for my mum, of which has a company car that happens to be a toyota carolla. 3 times in the last month her accelerator has been stuck while she has been on very remote dangerous country roads. The sticking accelerator could be absolutely fatal if it occured during a sharp bend where roads are lined with massive gum trees. She has been to 2 seperate toyota dealers and they have said nothing is wrong they removed the floor mat and said it was fixed we do not think it is fixed but have to wait until it happens again to prove it wasnt the mat!.all i can say is god help toyota if she crashes the next time it does occur, There will be hell to pay!!!
    • says,
      4 years ago
      Does anyone know of any central authority who records car complaints. Tried the NRMA and their customer service is crap - and I have been a member for over 20 years. I can't believe, that in Australia, we have all resorted to this method of communication. Do you know how long it took for me to find a place to write what happened to me in the Corolla that I was driving? I stil have the VIN but have no idea who to report it to. The car I was driving was a leased vehicle. The lease was due to expire and I even told the leasing company about the accelerator sticking. They couldn't care less. No one cares. I have my family and my friends on the road and no one cares about this problem. This is not like the old days. I have had many an 'incident' in a car - wet distributer cap, snapping accelerator cable, broken king pin, overheating radiator, snapped wishbone, etc etc. None of these things ever leaves you in a car that is out of control and going faster. There isn't even a cable under the accelerator. It just stuck, flat to the floor. This is bull***.

      Nothing happened to me. I am fine. The car was fine. Everyone else on the road was fine. So now the car has gone back to the leasing company with a clean bill of health. I can only pray that the problem never occurs again. But what if it does?

      Once again this is bull***. If anyone has any idea of where and how I can report the VIN of the vehicle and the council incident reports I would be very grateful.

  • JM says,
    9 months ago
    Been reading all of this with a lot of interest. I have a 2008 Kluger Grande we purchased new. About a year after owning the car accelerator stuck, I put it down to my foot or personal error. Come Nov 2013, accelerating from a stand still the throttle kept going & I could not unstick it for around 50-70 meters still accelerating lucky nobody was in front, as it did come unstuck I'd had my foot fully on the brake & had a semi trailer & the whole traffic behind me on Princess Highway swerve & screech.

    I was worried, had it checked by Stewart Toyota Rockdale & got the line that, it is a floor mats issue nothing wrong with throttle body etc, but I have the Toyota Genuine mats?.

    Home from dinner Sun March 16th tonight, it has happened again in exactly same circumstances, accelerating onto highway to get in front of traffic from a stand still side street---both times I have my wife & our 5 & 3 year old in car.

    It is like the throttle is trying to keep up with the revs & there is a delay in pedal v's signal to engine??

    I will be calling them again tomorrow !!!!
  • Carlos Polar says,
    8 months ago
    The incident took place on 12 of September 2013 at about 1:15 pm approximately, on Mount St, Corner with Walker St in North Sydney; the car was stationary inside the car park under our office building just on the gate entrance, so at that moment the car was started and idle, the gear stick on parking positioned, the first thing I did as usual is to press the brake pedal to change the gear stick into drive position, at that moment the car was not facing the entrance of the gate as to get it out you have to manoeuvre slowly bearing the steering wheel to the right, so once in drive position the car took off at high speed colliding with the left hand side of the gate frame, at that moment I pressed the brake pedal to the fullest trying to control the car as it was out in the street raving on acceleration and as I couldn't control or stop the car I turned the steering wheel in full to the right and three motorbikes were parked at the right hand side near the corner that stopped the car which was still raving on acceleration, then as I tried to understand why I could not control or stop the car, I saw the accelerator pedal was stack at the bottom without pressing it, in few seconds after that the car went idle again and I moved the gear stick back to the parking position, another thing I noticed is the air-bags did not performed as they should, they never came off of their compartment, specially at that speed is when they should be activated for protection. The entire episode happened in three seconds or so. There were no people involved in the incident, no one was injured.

    The next moment I proceed for booking an appointment in the next close mechanical garage for investigation on the performance of the vehicle and I tow it the following Monday to the Garage where the car was scanned and they send me a written report of the mechanical failures, and as their suggest to double check, they asked me to take it to Chatswood Toyota for the same scan performance to be sure on the results.

    I took the car to Chatswood Toyota on Tuesday 24th of September to proceed with the scanning process, the person who received all the information and details requested a written statement of the incident to be included in the file of complaint, I comply with his request the following days.

    By the end of the week or so I have received a phone call from a Technical Field Manager of Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd, who requested a personal visit to the site where the incident took place for an interview to gather information and details, he and some other member of Toyota Japan came on the 4th of October to the office address where all happened and we went all over again through the entire event at that moment I had with me a witness who was present on the 12 of September and saw my straggle with the car; she was also asked a serial of questions by Toyota representatives and signed a statement.

    A week later on the 11th of October I received a phone call from the Technical Field Manager who was conducting other investigations in Coffs Harbour, NSW who stated to me that he could not find any problems with the car, and he would be back in Sydney to finalise the report and sent it to me as well as the police who also requested it; in the mean time the Rav4 was in Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd. custody couple of weeks after the Technician Field Manager called me again to say they couldn't find any problems at all, while on the telephone with the technician I mentioned to him that I was not satisfied with his results, as I had a previous scanned report from a private garage stating several malfunctions within the vehicle and contradicting Toyota's statement, therefore I was going to escalate this issue further more to find the truth that they trying to hide.

    At this stage I am making a call to everyone who left messages in this blog post and anybody else who had an unintended acceleration problem with their Toyota to come forward and join me to begin action against Toyota and for them to fix this issue before somebody dyes by the cause of this malfunctions. Thanks.
    • James Le says,
      7 months ago
      Any updates Carlos Polar?

      Only two days ago, I experienced a sudden unintended in my 2008 Toyota Corolla. I have been in contact with my Toyota Camberwell (VIC) and they have confirmed that there have been no recalls for this car in Australia. Nonetheless i have booked in for an inspection with the Toyota mechanics.

      This is a major defect that can cause serious injury or death and it is unacceptable that Toyota would try to cover up this critical issue.

  • arden says,
    4 months ago
    i just had this happen to me. Friday night 25 July 2014.

    I was driving along the M5 near Campbelltown, Sydney and overtook a car. I was about to ease back into the far left lane when all of a sudden i felt the car surge forward. The car kept on accelerating well in excess of 120km/h

    Took my foot off the pedal made no difference. Had to hit the brakes to slow the car down. When speed reduced to around 90km/h, the car went back to normal.

    It was a very scary experience considering i had my wife and 3 month old baby in the back.

    And thank god i was on a straight stretch of road, as i would hate to think what would happen if i was driving around town in peak hour traffic!
    • arden says,
      4 months ago
      Forgot to mention that i was driving a 2009 Corolla Levin ZR.
      • Grant says,
        4 months ago
        While driving my elderly mum home in her Toyota Corolla after a day out shopping yesterday 5th August 2014, the vehicle suddenly lurched forward in acceleration. The accelerator pedal stuck to the floor and the engine screaming at high revs, I tried everything to slow us down on this very bendy road,shifting into 'Neutral',then 'Park', back into 'Neutral', braking frantically all the time.
        Accidentally bouncing off 'Reverse' was just the sound of grinding metal,back into 'Neutral' and with heavy braking the car finally stopped with the engine stalling. That had to be the most frightening experience I have ever had. It only lasted 60 seconds or so but it surely shaken me and my elderly mum. It seems the floor mat had jammed under the accelerator pedal, which proved to be difficult to pull out once the car had stopped but impossible while I was driving.
        Quite honestly I thought we were going to die that day. After a short break to recover from this experience, I restarted the car and we drove home . As it turned out the car didn't suffer any noticeable damage, even 'Reverse' works as it should without audible distress.

        I will most certainly NEVER buy a TOYOTA vehicle ever, considering this appalling experience.

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