Floor Mat and Gas Pedal Problems Result in Toyota Recalls

October 10, 2013

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects
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.
Damages
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.
Company(ies)
Toyota
Additional Details
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.
Date
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.