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Toyota announces fix for gas pedal problem

Toyota announces fix for gas pedal problem

Toyota is recalling millions of Toyota and Lexus cars because the floor mats may cause the gas pedals to stick.

by TERRI GRUCA / KVUE NEWS

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Posted on November 25, 2009 at 3:56 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Toyota announced today a recall involving nearly 4 million vehicles. This is the fix for the floor mat and gas pedal problems that have been plaguing certain Toyota and Lexus models.

This is a story I’ve discussed here before back in October and earlier this month.

Here are the models involved in the recall:

2007 to 2010 Camry

2005 to 2010 Avalon

2004 to 2009 Prius

2005 to 2010 Tacoma

2007 to 2010 Tundra

2007 to 2010 ES350

2006 to 2010 IS250

2006 to 2010 IS 350

Toyota is asking anyone who owns one of these cars to remove the floor mat immediately.

Then beginning in 2010 dealers will begin making the following repairs:

1. The shape of the accelerator pedal will be reconfigured to address the risk of floor mat entrapment, even when an older-design all-weather floor mat or other inappropriate floor mat is improperly attached, or is placed on top of another floor mat.  For the ES350, Camry, and Avalon models involved, the shape of the floor surface underneath will also be reconfigured to increase the space between the accelerator pedal and the floor.

 

2. Vehicles with any genuine Toyota or Lexus accessory all-weather floor mat will be provided with newly-designed replacement driver- and front passenger-side all-weather floor mats.

 

In addition, as a separate measure independent of the vehicle-based remedy, Toyota will install a brake override system onto the involved Camry, Avalon, and Lexus ES 350, IS350 and IS 250 models as an extra measure of confidence. This system cuts engine power in case of simultaneous application of both the accelerator and brake pedals.

You can find more information here. 

Toyota Customers can call 1-800-331-4331.

Lexus customers should call 1-800-255-3987.

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