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Toyota floor mats may cause crash, 3.8m cars affected

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  September 29, 2009 05:16 PM

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Floor mats in approximately 3.8 million Toyota vehicles could cause accelerator pedals to become stuck in full throttle, potentially causing a crash or death, the federal government and Toyota said today.

While not an official recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommended that drivers "immediately" remove the driver's side factory floor mat as an "interim safety measure."

"Until Toyota can implement a remedy, it is asking consumers and associates who drive specific Toyota and Lexus models to take out any removable driver’s floor mat and NOT replace it with any other floor mat," the company said in an e-mail this afternoon. Floor mats could potentially jam under the gas pedal if they are positioned incorrectly, turned over, or loose.

The affected models are the 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Tundra, 2007-2010 ES 350, and the 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350. Toyota said it plans to conduct an actual recall.

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6 comments so far...
  1. i have a avolon touring 2006 is that affected. thank you

    Posted by claire williams September 29, 09 06:44 PM
  1. Yes it is part of the voluntary safety recall. Remove the floormat now!

    Posted by Paul September 30, 09 05:22 AM
  1. I had the same issue years ago with a Ford Tempo. Luckily, I was able to keep a cool head and figure out why the throttle was sticking.

    Posted by goooo September 30, 09 08:54 AM
  1. I haven't driven an automatic transmission, besides an occasional rental car, in about 20 years. Can you just shift an automatic into neutral to avoid continuous acceleration if the gas pedal is stuck?

    Posted by nittany4 September 30, 09 12:36 PM
  1. No nittany4, that would require both Thinking and Action on the drivers part. Sheesh.

    Too bad we dont have some sort of easy to reach, centralized engine control system that could turn off the engine in the case of emergency like this.
    Oh wait, we do. Its called the ignition key.

    Posted by jeffy September 30, 09 03:27 PM
  1. You idiot. You turn off the car and everything goes...powerbrakes, steering, all that.
    JUST SHIFT TO NUETRAL, just like you all learned in drivers ed...use your head

    Posted by ben October 1, 09 08:28 AM

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