This is not rehashed news from last year, I promise: Toyota has announced the recall of some 2.2 million vehicles to address the issue of floormat entrapment of the accelerator pedal. The recall, voluntary on Toyota’s part, will end an NHTSA investigation into the automaker to determine if enough models and variants were recalled in the last round. Vehicles affected by this recall (and approximate numbers) are listed below.
2006 – 2010 RAV4 models (761,000)
2003 – 2009 4Runner models (603,000)
2008 – 2011 Lexus LX 570 models (17,000)
2006 – 2007 Lexus RX330, RX 350, RX 400h models (372,000)
2004 – 2006 Highlander models (397,000)
2006 – 2007 Lexus GS 300, GS 350 (20,000)
The remedies vary by vehicle, but none involve sawing off the bottom of the accelerator pedal as in the earlier recalls. Dealers will notify customers by mail when parts are in stock at dealerships. I shouldn’t have to remind you of this but I will anyway: never use more than one floormat at a time, and make sure your floormats are secured by clips that prevent them from bunching under the brake or the gas. If you’re really concerned, simply remove the floormats until your car can be inspected by a Toyota dealer. If you have questions or concerns regarding this recall, Toyota’s customer service can be reached at (800) 331-4331.
Source: Detroit News