Toyota says it's finalizing a plan to fix millions of recalled cars over concerns the gas pedal might stick.
Fredricka Whitfield spoke with the executive editor of Autoweek Magazine, Wes Raynal, about the problem facing the automaker.
Yes I am effected by the Toyota recall. I see on CNN that GM and Hyundai are both offering Discriminatory Rebates ($1000 Trade-in Allowance to Toyota owners that wish to bring in their car if it has been recalled). This is just another form of Grunt Marketing Hype that makes me happy a 1979 300SD Mercedes is parked in my garage & my garage is in Costa Rica! I like to watch CNN because it is worth as many huge smiles as the days of Johnny Carson offered. . .
Greetings to You & your Viewers, Gregory Martin Hansen (Central Costa Rica)
Three weeks ago my family and i had the same problem described by Toyota owners with a Suzuki Sedan here in Puerto Rico. The car was just l3 days in use when ir happened all of a sudden. So far nothing from Suzuki. The internet does no show any such incidents with Suzuki. Might there be a link between the Problem?
Related to braking:
I watched your story today about the female reporter's low speed braking broblem over bumpy surfaces.
I own a Prius and experienced poor breaking and road handling performance. Your problem is two fold.
1. Over a bumpy surface, the traction of any tire is compromised. This will engage the ABS. ABS allows a tire to continue to spin rather than to break during poor traction situations. Believe it or not, this happens on every car with abs in that situation that was explained. This includes my subaru and my prius. Your REAL problem is below:
2. The Prius has energy saving tires. The tires are harder, narrower and less sticky in an attempt to decrease rolling resistance, which increases fuel milage. Unfortunately these same energy saving properties also DECREASE traction and breaking ability dramatically. This problem really bothered me alot and I was afraid it may endanger my wife.
Solution... I replaced the stock tires that come on the prius with a set of all-season super high performance all-season tires made by bridgestone (potenza). The car never slips now, never slides, never hesitates in breaking and handles very confidently now. My wife, who knows nothing about cars, only knows that now it works much better and doesn't feel dangerous anymore. Sometimes the solution is just plain simple. Forget the electronics witch hunt.
Its the tires.
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