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BREAKING: LaHood says stop driving recalled Toyotas until they're fixed

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Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Toyota

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Appearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation this morning, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that Toyota owners should "stop driving" their recalled vehicles until they're fixed.
"We need to fix the problem so people don't have to worry about disengaging the engine or slamming the brakes on or put it in neutral...If anybody owns [one] of these vehicles, stop driving it and take it to a Toyota dealer."


Sage advice or a precursor to panic? It's hard to say, though we've received emails from a number of Toyota customers who own recalled vehicles asking what they should do. LaHood has given an answer, and while it may seem overkill to some, the old adage "better safe than sorry" springs to mind. That said, letting your recalled Toyota sit unused may not be an option for some people who only own one vehicle, and LaHood's comment may create unnecessary fear for those owners.

We've been told that parts to fix the recalled vehicles are already being shipped to Toyota dealers around the country, and after a couple days of training they'll be ready to start fixing vehicles by this weekend at the latest. So, if owners of an affected vehicle heed LaHood's advice, they should only be without wheels for a few days or so, assuming their local Toyota dealer can handle the influx of recalled vehicles awaiting the fix.

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[source: Bloomberg via GM Inside News | Image: Jonathan Ernst/Getty]

BREAKING: LaHood says stop driving recalled Toyotas until they're fixed originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Feb 2010 11:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You know I never would have thought it would get this bad for them. In terms of permanent irreparable damage as we were polled on I might want to change my vote.

Surreal, part of me is in disbelief but the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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You know I never would have thought it would get this bad for them. In terms of permanent irreparable damage as we were polled on I might want to change my vote.

Surreal, part of me is in disbelief but the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Yea, I'd never have imagined something like this happening... I've been giddy w/ shadenfreude lately.

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Just think, all those potentially runaway Toyota vehicles are being aimed at Toyota dealerships now... would be uber funny if we started getting cars going through dealership walls.

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Just think, all those potentially runaway Toyota vehicles are being aimed at Toyota dealerships now... would be uber funny if we started getting cars going through dealership walls.

I think that's happened a couple times in the last week?

I really think that Toyota should compensate owners and take the vehicles and crush them as safety hazards rather than repair them. Get the junk off the road.

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I feel like driving to Toyota of Orlando and asking to buy a 2010 Camry, saying I DESPERATELY WANT ONE.

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I feel like driving to Toyota of Orlando and asking to buy a 2010 Camry, saying I DESPERATELY WANT ONE.

There is a white '10 Highlander in the front row at work w/ a temporary tag dated 1/27. I wonder if they are regretting their purchase now..(though it's not one of recall cars, I think?)

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More random Toyota content--saw a silver late model Prius w/ the bumper sticker 'My other car has a HEMI'. Only the second one like that I've seen.

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What a ridiculous piece of advice! What are the chances that you will personally crash because of this in the next couple of weeks? 0.01%? Less?

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