Recently, Toyota recalled over 5 million cars involving gas pedals that stick causing certain vehicles to accelerate uncontrollably.
With 52 reported deaths linked to runaway Toyotas, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the Obama administration is considering requiring all cars and truck sold in the U.S. to have brakes that can override gas pedals.
So what do you do if your gas pedal sticks? Driving a car that is stuck in accelerate is an unimaginable task, therefore, here are five things you should do if you believe your gas pedal is stuck:
1. Do NOT pump the brake. Pumping your brakes can actually deplete the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist and make your brakes less effective.
2. Step on the brake pedal with both feet. Consumer Reports recommends applying firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal. Once your car stops, turn off the engine.
3. Shift your transmission into Neutral.
4. Turn your engine off if you are unable to put the vehicle in Neutral. Although this will not cause loss of steering or brake control, power assist to these systems will be lost.
5. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition. To turn off your engine, turn the ignition key to the ACC position. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition because it will cause your steering wheel to lock.
Source: Toyota Recall Website