Should I Stop Driving My Toyota? Feds say "yes"

The US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, just said he is advising owners of the recalled Toyotas to stop driving them and wait for the repairs.

He testified minutes ago before the House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation and said his advice to owners was to "stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix."

This about-face remark came just hours after LaHood had told reporters that Toyota owners should just drive carefully and wait.

Meanwhile, reports are surfacing that cast doubt on Toyota's story, both about how long it has known of the problem and questioning if its "fix" will really fix the gas pedal runaway-acceleration defect. USA Today has been running daily articles that are worth taking the time to read carefully.

Until the dust settles, you should follow the federal government's advice and not drive you recalled Toyota at all. We recommend you call your nearest Toyota dealer and tell them to come get it and get it fixed and let you know when it is done.

Meanwhile, we have already started filing claims for Toyota owners who are stuck and expect to continue doing so in the near future.

If you've got a lemon Toyota with a gas peddle recall, or any other lemon, be careful. We can help. Call us Toll Free at 1.888.331.6422, or direct dial us at 1.937.432.9500, or email us at

Making manufacturers take back lemon cars and lemon trucks is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

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