If you need to stop immediately, the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal with both feet using firm and steady pressure. Do not pump the brake pedal as it will deplete the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist. Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine. If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost."
Problem is- the problem does not end there.
They now may have a different break software issue (potentially) in the Prius & maybe Lexus vehicles as well.
For me, it's personal. I am driving a Matrix that was made in the US & needs the accelerator pedal fix. Oh yes, it does scare the hell out of me to think of the potential wild ride.
I am trying to remain calm, and reread those instructions on what to do in the event of a problem. They say it is a rare occurrence -- but not rare enough if it is the vehile you are driving that suddenly accelerates as if it were possessed.
Toyota thinks they have a fix for the problem-- a postage stamp size piece of steel- but the part is not yet approved or ready. If 57% of the vehicles they sell can not be sold as a result of this issue, I suspect they will be coming up with a fix pretty darned quick.
In the meantime-- if you see a newer Toyota on the freeway.... give them defensible space, please. You might be saving your own life!
For the record it's not just Toyota--
I think Blogger Nonnie had an excellent idea-- we create a dedicated freeway lane for cars with pending recalls!