In what has to be one of the strangest vehicle recalls on record, Toyota said Tuesday it will recall 3.8 Million vehicles in the United States to address problems with...are you sitting down?...Removable Floor Mats.
That's right, Toyota, the paragon of value and reliabilty, has manufactured almost 4 Million vehicles with a floor mat problem.
This will be Toyota's largest ever recall and includes popular and best selling models such as the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Prius.
So, what's the problem here? It seems that the design of the floorboard and the removable floor mats just aren't in sync. The floor mats can move around and possibly cause the accelerator pedal to get stuck.
Hmmm...that's isn't good.
Toyota said said it was still working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to resolve the problem. The NHTSA has reported 102 incidents in which the Toyota involved may have had the accelerator pedal stuck. Although the NHTSA didn't say how many of the incidents led to crashes,it appears the recall was prompted by a highspeed crash in August of a Lexus barreling out of control. As the vehicle hit speeds exceeding 120 mph, family members made a frantic 911 call and said the accelerator was stuck and they couldn't stop the vehicle.
All four passenger were killed when the vehicle hit a sport utility vehicle, launched off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames.
Toyota spokesman Irv Miller had this to say,"A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop a vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death".
No kidding Irv?
Toyota will be sending notices out to owners of 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350.
In the meantime, Toyota urges the owners of said vehicles to remove the drivers side floormat and don't replace it.
Sounds like a fix right there.
For more information, consumers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 's hotline at (888) 327-4236, Toyota at (800) 331-4331 or Lexus at (800) 255-3987.
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