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Supplier of pedals pushes responsibility onto Toyota

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Supplier of pedals pushes responsibility onto Toyota

Robert Sherefkin

Automotive News -- January 27, 2010 - 4:44 pm ET

DETROIT -- The auto parts supplier fingered in Toyota Motor Corp.’s recent recall for faulty accelerator pedals says it built parts to the automaker’s specifications and says it has no knowledge that its parts were responsible for any accidents or injuries.

CTS Corp. continues to supply its accelerator modules to Toyota, and the Elkhart, Ind. supplier has no knowledge of any Toyota plan for increased production of a new design to meet additional demand for replacement parts, Mitchell Walorski, head of CTS investor relations, said.

After a Jan. 21 recall, Toyota said yesterday that it would halt sales of eight of its most popular models in the United States because of fears that sticking accelerator pedals may cause its vehicles to accelerate unintentionally.

Mitchell Walorski, head of CTS Corp. investor relations, said the Elkhart, Ind., supplier is not part of the problem. CTS has “no knowledge of any accident or injury” stemming from the accelerator assemblies it supplies Toyota, he said.

Walorski told Automotive News today that CTS engineers are assisting Toyota, “but this is their recall.” CTS was not consulted about Toyota’s decision to issue the recall or to halt certain vehicles’ sales, he said.

In a separate statement, CTS said the company has been working with Toyota to develop a new pedal to meet tougher specifications from Toyota.

“The newly designed pedal is now tested, and parts are beginning to ship to some Toyota factories,” CTS said.

Toyota described the cause of the recall as “a rare set of conditions which may cause the accelerator pedal to become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position.” Toyota said this condition “is rare and occurs gradually over a period of time.”

Based on information from Toyota, CTS said, “We are aware of fewer than a dozen instances where this condition has occurred, and in no instance did the accelerator actually become stuck in a partially depressed condition.”

A Toyota spokesman could not immediately be reached to comment on CTS’ role in the recall. A Toyota spokesman earlier confirmed that the components were made in Canada by CTS.

Walorski said CTS works closely to Toyota specifications, adding: “Toyota is heavily involved in all stages of testing and production. That is why their quality is so high.”

CTS recorded 2008 sales of $691.7 million, with about 3 percent of that going to Toyota. CTS designs and manufactures sensors and actuators, including accelerator-pedal modules, at its plant in Mississauga, Ontario, according to the CTS Web site.

Asked how CTS feels about being in the limelight of Toyota’s troubles, Walorski said, “It doesn’t feel good.”

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20100127/OEM01/100129873/1128#ixzz0dr8jybkg

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Exactly. I was suspicious when Toyota started blaming CTS considering the circumstances of the acceleration incidents I have read about; people have been complaining about surging power, not sticking pedals. What about Lexus...why were no Lexus models part of the recall when owners have been having the same issues? Something tells me they are blaming the pedals until they can find the real problem.

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Exactly. I was suspicious when Toyota started blaming CTS considering the circumstances of the acceleration incidents I have read about; people have been complaining about surging power, not sticking pedals. What about Lexus...why were no Lexus models part of the recall when owners have been having the same issues? Something tells me they are blaming the pedals until they can find the real problem.

Just like they blamed floormats until people started winding up dead with their Toyotas upside-down in retention ponds with the floormats placed securely in the trunk just like Toyota told them to.

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Why havent they blamed the manufacturer of the Lexus pedals? This is such BS. I hope they get dinged with more bad news in the next few months.

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