Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Cars Over Mats That May Jam Gas Pedal

September 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Toyota Motor is recalling 3.8 million American Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks, the largest recall in its history, because the driver’s side floor mats can stick to the gas pedal, which could cause the vehicle to accelerate to high speeds and potentially serious accidents. On Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned drivers to immediately remove the mats from affected Toyota and Lexus models made since 2004, and the Toyota announcement followed shortly afterward.

The affected vehicles include 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS 250 and IS350.

The impending U.S. recall, followed a horrific crash last month in San Diego in which a mat was suspected of snagging a gas pedal on a runaway Lexus, that killed four family members. A minute before the crash, the driver called police to say the car had no brakes and the accelerator was stuck. The runaway car was reportedly doing more than 120 mph when it hit a sport-utility vehicle, launched off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames. The car, equipped with all-weather floor mats, was on loan from a dealership while the driver’s own vehicle was being repaired.


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2 Responses to “Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Cars Over Mats That May Jam Gas Pedal”

  1. The Car Blog » Blog Archive » Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Cars Over Mats That May Jam Gas Pedal … on September 30th, 2009 9:42 am

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  2. Lake Forest Joe on October 6th, 2009 9:46 am

    The only time you are required to return to the dealer is for warranty repairs and recalls. Even then, you may have those repairs done at any repair facility, but the vehicle manufacturer will not cover the cost.

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