U.S. Official: Bring Recalled Toyotas To Dealers

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told owners of recalled Toyotas to "stop driving" their vehicles, but later said he misspoke and advised owners to bring their vehicles to dealers if they were concerned.

LaHood made the comments in testimony before a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.

“What I said in there was obviously a misstatement,” LaHood said.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Olivia Alair said the DOT was advising owners to contact their local dealerships to arrange for fixes as soon as possible.

Toyota's most recent recall in the United States affects 2.3 million vehicles over the potential for sticking gas pedals.

LaHood told reporters earlier in the day that Toyota owners should contact their dealer immediately and "exercise caution until repairs can be made."

LaHood also said he plans to speak with Toyota President Akio Toyoda about the automaker's spate of recalls in the United States. LaHood confirms that the government is also investigating potential electrical problems in Toyota vehicles.

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  • by Are you kidd'n? on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    First off honey, with the mouth you have.. I can tell your neither a doctor or a lawyer. So either one, your lying, or two, they're so old it's embarrasing. Guess what, I have three vehicles in my drive too. So what... you put your pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else. So you aint any better than us Toyota owners. To be honest all them little fruity cars ya'll drive are so freak'n ugly and extremely boring! I'd rather have muscle any day than a little fru fru car. That way I can come pull you out when you get stuck in the mud puddles.
  • by William on Feb 4, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    I have no problem bring my cars in for service. I don't really care if they have problems as long as they are safe. I enjoy taking my cars in for service to fix issues. Its like taking your kids to the doctor to get fixed up. It lets me know they need attention. I would never want to have a car that I just drive everyday and it shows no need for attention. I call that boring!
  • by To Scott on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    Most company's wont finance any kind of car over 100k miles. LOL And my first car was a 1999 Corolla and that car had 120k miles when I sold it and that thing is still on the road with no problems! But I now drive a 2010 corolla and I am worried about the safety of it..but I still believe in Japanese made cars. Americans don't know how to make cars in my opinion.
  • by See Location: ENC on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    I've had a 2006 Camry since 2006 and unlike my previous brand new Mercury Mariner,it has never given me one moment of trouble..It now has over 50,000 miles & runs like a top....When I had the Mariner,it gave me brake problems from the time I got it,but the Washington dealership never could get it fixed...I'll go with Toyota & take my chances any day over Ford.
  • by ddd Location: nc on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    my toyota has 240,000 miles and all ive ever done is regular maintnance
  • by Neveragain Location: gvegas on Feb 3, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    I've had major mechanical problems with my toyota camry and toyota fixed 99% under warranty.Now my camry is not under warranty at 65K miles and I've still got major mechanical things going wrong with it.I'd like to say that I have faith in this car but I don't anymore.I'm jaded and hurt that I went from my other brand to toyota and my first toyota has given me the amount of problems it has.I did not buy the extended warranty so I will learn a lesson from this experience never buy another toyota product .It wasn't the dealership it was the product that I'm dissatisfied with.
  • by Scott on Feb 3, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    I wouldn't brag on German vehicles. My wife's company won't finance them over 100k miles due to "reliability issues." I can say from a friends experience as well, you are paying for a name plate that is it. The reason well to do people don't have many issues is that they don't keep them long enough before upgrading to see the problems. Every car I've owned has been a GM except for one Nissan and the Nissan was the worst one I ever had. I'm not saying that out of dislike for imports, I have no problem with them, but it was always breaking.
  • by To: Are you kidd'n? on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    Really a neon? HAHAHAHA! I have never driven a car so cheap in my life. Sorry honey but I have three cars and they are all made in Germany. I don't and never will drive a cheap ugly rice burner.
  • by crazy on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    Gator - I was thinking the same thing
  • by Gator Location: NC on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    Anonymous, the reason why the company is being singled out is, they want you to buy a government GM vehicle.
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