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Problem: Defective Accelerator Pedals
Units Recalled: 5.6 million (8 million worldwide)

In October, 2009, toyota began recalling numerous vehicles due to accelerator pedals becoming stuck in the wide open position by incompatible floor mats. In November, the company amended its defect report and began modifying the accelerator pedals themselves, even changing the shape of the floor surface under the pedals.

As of February, 2010, there were 34 reported deaths in the United States related to what has been dubbed as Toyota vehicle's "sudden acceleration syndrome."

(Sources: U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Reuters; InternetAutoguide.com)

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