A month ago I wrote a blog about a recall involving millions of cars because the floor mats may cause the gas pedals to stick.
Now there’s new information about the California accident that spurred that action. A family was driving down the highway near San Diego when the gas pedal caused their gas pedal to stick. They made a desperate call to 9-1-1 but crashed a short time later. All four family members died in the crash.
The preliminary investigation blames the floor mat. And Toyota has told drivers of millions of Toyota and Lexus models to remove their floor mats until further notice.
According to a story on CNN, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has documented 100 incidents where accelerator pedals on Lexus and Toyota vehicles stuck.”
Another item noticed by the NHTSA is the push button ignition on the car involved in the crash in San Diego. If you have a car with this type of ignition you need to know that in order to kill the engine you have to push and hold the start button for more than 3 seconds to disable the engine.
It is not clear if the driver in California tried that.
You can go here to find out if your Toyota or Lexus car is affected by this recall.