Owners of several models of Toyota vehicles manufactured between 2004 and 2010. Models involved in the recalls include the Toyota Prius, Tacoma, RAV 4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Venza, Camry, Highlander, Tundra, and Sequoia. The Lexus ES350, IS250, and IS350 and the Pontiac Vibe are affected only by the floor mat problem.
The problems with the floor mats and gas pedals in certain Toyota models can cause uncontrollable acceleration, which can lead to serious accidents. Several accidents have been attributed to these problems, including one fatal accident in San Diego that occurred when a Lexus accelerated to over 120 mph before crashing.
Approximately 4.2 million vehicles are affected by the floor mat recalls, and approximately 2.3 million vehicles are affected by the gas pedal recall. Some models are subject to both recall actions.
Toyota announced two recalls, one in November 2009 and one in January 2010, to fix an issue with the gas pedal becoming caught on the floor mat. A separate recall in January 2010 involved gas pedals that can stick on their own without any interference from the floor mat.
In November, Toyota issued a recall in order to fix a design flaw that could cause the gas pedal to get caught on the edge of the removable floor mat. When the gas pedal got stuck on the floor mat, it could lead to uncontrollable acceleration of the vehicle. A second recall was issued in January that added to the list of vehicles that have the potential to experience this problem. In all, approximately 4.2 million vehicles were affected by this recall. The following models were involved in the recall:
2007 – 2010 Camry
2005 – 2010 Avalon
2004 – 2009 Prius
2007 – 2010 Tundra
2009 - 2010 Pontiac Vibe
2007 – 2010 Lexus ES350
2006 – 2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350
On January 21, 2010, Toyota announced that it would recall approximately 2.3 million cars due to a problem with the accelerator pedal sticking. In rare cases, the accelerator pedal may become stuck in a partially depressed position or return to the idle position slowly. This can cause unintended acceleration and lead to unsafe conditions for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. According to Toyota, this problem can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn. Approximately 2.3 million vehicles are affected by this recall. In addition, until Toyota has developed a solution for this problem, sales of the affected vehicles have been suspended. This recall affects the following Toyota vehicles:
Some 2007-2010 Camrys
Although no Lexus or Scion vehicles were included in the gas pedal recall, approximately 1.7 million Toyota vehicles are subject to both separate recall actions.
Individuals who drive a Toyota car and experience any sticking or slowness of the gas pedal should stop driving the car and bring it to a Toyota dealer immediately.