Ray LaHood, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, has quickly amended a statement he made advising owners to stop driving the eight models of recently recalled Toyota cars. LaHood’s words came in the quick aftermath of the embattled Japanese manufacturer facing new concerns about its Toyota Prius.
While speaking before a House Appropriation sub-committee on transportation, LaHood said, according to an Associated Press report, “Stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it.”
LaHood was referring to the eight Toyota models, including the top-selling Camry and Corolla, that were recalled in late January because of the potential of a faulty accelerator pedals.
But at the risk of causing further confusion among Toyota owners, LaHood has corrected his statement. He now advises owners of recalled Toyota cars to “Stop driving your car if it shows signs of having a sticky accelerator.”
LaHood also said the U.S. Transportation Dept. is investigating to see if other automakers might have the same problems as Toyota modesl if they share similar pedal systems.
LaHood earlier called Toyota weak on safety and said his own department had to send an official to Tokyo to prompt the pedal recall.