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.