Toyota Recall Related to Floor Mats

Nov. 3, 2009
Letter to customers cites no other vehicle defects

Toyota Motor Corp. is sending letters to 3.8 million owners of certain Toyota and Lexus models asking them to remove their driver's floor mats as a safety precaution, the company said on Nov. 2.

The mats have the potential to interfere with the accelerator pedal and cause it to stick. The recall includes 2007 through 2010 Camry, Tundra and ES350 models, 2005 through 2010 Tacomas and Avalons, 2006 though 2010 Lexus IS models and 2004 through 2009 Prius models.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that no defect exists in the vehicles, according to Toyota.

The NHTSA review is the sixth in the past six years of allegations of unintended acceleration on Toyota and Lexus vehicles, according to Toyota.

"The question of unintended acceleration involving Toyota and Lexus vehicles has been repeatedly and thoroughly investigated by NHTSA, without any finding of defect other than the risk from an unsecured or incompatible driver's floor mat," said Bob Daly, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. senior vice president, in a statement.

NHTSA introduced multiple electrical signals into the Lexus ES350's electrical system and found no vulnerabilities due to electrical interference, Toyota said, referring to an NHTSA report.

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