What to Do if Your Gas Pedal Sticks

Remember the acceleration issue that plagued certain Toyota, Lexus and Pontiac vehicles from 2009-2011? Would you know what to do if it happened to you?

Normally, having a gas pedal stick does not happen often. However, it still occasionally occurs. 

As recently as August 2012, a Missouri woman was in the news for the terrifying 59 mile, 35 minute ride she endured at speeds edging on 120 mph, when the gas pedal in her Kia Sorrento became stuck.

Here is what you should do if the gas pedal in your vehicle gets stuck:
• First and foremost, stay level-headed. Remain calm and try not to panic.
• If your vehicle begins to accelerate without any assistance from you, tap on the accelerator pedal. It may just be that the throttle linkage is stuck.

If that doesn’t work…
• Car Talk experts Ray and Tom Magliozzi advise Shifting the vehicle into neutral.
• Then, steer the vehicle to a safe place out of the flow of traffic.
• As you are attempting to stop the vehicle, do not turn off the ignition if your automobile has power steering or a locking steering wheel.  Turning off the ignition will not only shut off the engine, but also the power to those functions of your vehicle and that will compromise your ability to maneuver.
• As you are getting to the safe spot, push the brake firmly with both feet. Resist the urge to pump the brake. Doing so could interfere with the vehicle’s power brake vacuum assist system.
• Once the vehicle has come to a controlled stop out of the line of traffic, turn off the engine.
• If your vehicle starts with an on/off button, hold the button down for at least 3 seconds to turn off the vehicle.
• Call 911.
• Have the car towed to a mechanic to have it thoroughly checked and serviced, before you drive it again.

As always, stay safe!

Your Barker, Beck, Collins & Kronauge Team