Toyota Recall September 2009: 3.8 Million Cars Affected
Toyota recalls nearly 4 million cars in its biggest vehicle recall in US history. Owners of certain vehicles are advised to remove their floor mats and not replace them with other mats.
Toyota cars are being recalled due to a construction flaw where the floor mat can become lodged under the accelerator pedal, making it impossible to halt the vehicle. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported they have received 102 complaints involving stuck Toyota accelerator pedals.
The affected vehicle models are:
- Toyota Camry 2007-2010
- Toyota Avalon 2005-2010
- Toyota Prius 2004-2009
- Tacoma 2005-2010
- Toyota Tundra 2007-2010
- Lexus ES350 2007-2010
- Lexus IS250 2006-2010
- Lexus IS350 2006-2010
Owners of these car models are advised to remove their floor mats on the driver's side. The recall comes following a Lexus crash which killed four in California. Inspectors found that the mat used in the Lexus was slightly longer than the one that came with the car, and could have caused the accident.
Toyota ordered dealers to inspect their cars for mismatched floor mats after a mat was suspected of snagging a gas pedal on a runaway Lexus in California. The August crash killed four family members
The Japanese automaker warned owners that if they think their vehicle is accelerating out of control, they should check to see whether their floor mat is under the pedal. If a driver can't remove the floor mat, Toyota advises drivers to step on the brake pedal with both feet until the vehicle slows and then try to put it into neutral and switch the ignition to accessory power.