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Toyota / Lexus and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are warning drivers about the potential for drivers-side floor mats to cause the accelerator (gas pedal) to stick. This recall affects 3.8 million vehicles.
If you own any of the Toyota or Lexus vehicles below, the NHTSA advises you to remove the driver’s side floor mat immediately.
NHTSA cites reports of accelerator pedal clearance issues which provide the potential for an accelerator (gas) pedal to get stuck in the full open position. A stuck gas pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and serious crashes.
Toyota and Lexus vehicles affected:
- 2005-2010 Avalon
- 2007-2010 Camry
- 2007-2010 ES 350
- 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350
- 2005-2010 Tacoma
- 2007-2010 Tundra
- 2004-2009 Prius
Toyota has announced that it will soon launch a safety recall of various model year vehicles to redress the problem. In the meantime, however, the NHTSA is warning owners to remove all driver-side floor mats.
Toyota recalled an accessory all-weather floor mat sold for use in some 2007 and 2008 model year Lexus ES 350 and Toyota Camry vehicles because of similar problems in September 2007.