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It’s Official as Toyota Recalls Deadly Floor Mats

Japanese company denies it’s a safety related defect though.

by on Oct.12, 2009

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Remove driver's floor mat and don't replace it.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced this morning that Toyota Motor Corporation will recall 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles because of incompatible floor mats.

In August a California State Highway Patrol officer and three family members were killed when their loaner Lexus ES350 crashed at 100 mph after its accelerator froze from a misplaced floor mat.

NHTSA said, “A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.”

It is the largest recall in Toyota’s history. The common dealership practice of forcing Toyota and Lexus buyers to purchase floor mats as part of a new car sale is partially responsible for the size of the safety action.

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Deadly Toyota Floor Mats to be Recalled

Largest safety recall in history is coming from Toyota Motor Sales, which is accused of withholding accident data.

by on Sep.29, 2009

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"If a floor mat is not secured, there is the potential for the floor mat to slide forward and trap the accelerator pedal.”

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will soon launch a safety campaign on 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to remove floor mats that may have caused deaths because of a stuck accelerator pedal.

Irv Miller, Toyota vice president of communications, said the recall is aimed at a problem where floor mats can interfere with proper operation of accelerator.

“If a floor mat is not secured, there is the potential for the floor mat to slide forward and trap the accelerator pedal,”  Miller said.

“This will be the largest recall ever for Toyota,” Miller said.  “We will be working very diligently to get his resolved,” Miller said. The old record for a Toyota recall involved 900,000 vehicles in 2005.

Recall News!

Recall News!

Last month, a California State Highway Patrol officer and three family members were killed when their loaner Lexus ES350 crashed at 100 mph after its accelerator froze from a misplaced floor mat.

Until Toyota develops a remedy, it is asking owners of specific Toyota and Lexus models to take out any removable driver’s floor mat and not replace it with any other floor mat.

The following models are affected:

• 2007 – 2010 Camry
• 2005 – 2010 Avalon
• 2004 – 2009 Prius
• 2005 – 2010 Tacoma
• 2007 – 2010 Tundra
• 2007 – 2010 ES350
• 2006 – 2010 IS250 and IS350

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