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Toyota recalls more cars for potential gas pedal problems

Toyota recalls more cars for potential gas pedal problems

Credit: AP

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on February 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 24 at 4:11 PM

Toyota is announcing several new recalls and amending an old one to include hundreds of thousands of additional vehicles. In all cases these cars may also have problems with the gas pedal sticking.

First recall

The company announced it is voluntarily recalling 20,000 2006 and 2007 GS300 and GS350 all-wheel drive vehicles to modify the shape of the plastic pad embedded in the driver’s side floor carpet.

The problem is that if the carpet is not properly replaced in the correct position it may interfere with gas pedal and cause the accelerator to stick. Owners should start to receive letters starting in March.

Second recall

The company is also recalling 372,000 2004 through 2006 and early 2007 RX 330, RX350 and RX400h vehicles as well as 397,000 2004 through 2006 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles to replace the driver’s side floor carpet cover and its two retention clips. Again if the carpet cover is not installed properly it may cause the gas pedal to stick in the depressed position. Owners will receive letters telling them how to examine the floor covers and then will be notified once replacement covers are available.

Amended recall

Toyota is also amending its recall from November 2009 to add three models for potential floor mat problems:

  • Approximately 603,000 2003 through 2009 4Runner
  • Approximately 17,000 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX 570; and
  • Approximately 761,000 2006 through 2010 RAV4

Owners of the involved 4Runner, LX 570, and RAV4 vehicles will receive an interim and then a second notification once the recall preparations are complete.

Toyota and Lexus dealers will implement the newly announced and amended recall remedies at no charge to the vehicle owners.