The Toyota recall asking for the return of 2.3 million vehicles, is due to a “sticking accelerator,” which you and I know can lead to everything from running people over in crosswalks to a few convenient excuses toward local law enforcers who ask, “Are you aware of how fast you were going?”
“I’m sorry officer, it’s just this dang gas pedal. It was manufactured in Canada.” Such truth in jest – A Canadian factory located in Ontario is responsible for manufacturing the faulty gas pedal, and while it serves as a black eye to a corporation built on a foundation of quality engineering, it offers a slap in the face to the supply company, CTS, based in Elkhart, Indiana. Oh, the things we’ll outsource to save a few bucks. Adding insult to injury, it has now been discovered that the European Toyota models have been tainted with the same sticking accelerator, and Toyota is looking deep into numbers there and subsequent action.
To add a kick in the nuts to the insult and injury, Toyota dealerships are unable to let the American car buyer fall in love with some of the most popular models, test drive them, or purchase impulsively and drive them home, because they might inadvertently drive through the back of the garage.
Ultimately, the dangers of a sticking accelerator are that of an undesired, or unintended acceleration, however, the potential humor of a driver’s education student, or a little old lady stuck in one of these vehicles is possibly worth the risk…so long as nobody gets hurt, of course. In the real world, one begs to ask the question: What the heck is going on, Toyota? 2.3 MILLION vehicles with a problem before it’s discovered? Two words: Quality. Control.