Toyota Recalls 3.8M Cars for Floormat Issue

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Toyota TundraToyota announced yesterday that they would recall 3.8 million cars in the United States in what is the largest ever U.S. recall. The removable floor mats can cause the accelerator to stick and push vehicles to speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. Toyota is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a fix.

They advise that you remove the floor mat on the driver’s side immediately.

The following vehicles are affected:

  • 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry
  • 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Toyota Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
  • 2007-2010 Lexus ES350
  • 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350.

Their advice, if the car is accelerating out of control, is to step on the brake pedal with both feet, then try to put the car into neutral and switch the ignition to accessory power (where only the radio is on). Don’t turn off the power or the steering wheel will lock up. If you have a start/stop button, like in the Prius, you can hold the button down for three seconds to shut off the engine.

Toyota to recall 3.8M vehicles over floor mats [Associated Press]

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8 Responses to “Toyota Recalls 3.8M Cars for Floormat Issue”

  1. Wow! I didn’t know a Prius could travel in excess of 120 miles per hour!

    serioulsy though, thanks for the information, I’ll pass this on to friends that have some of these cars

  2. Yana says:

    1. I can’t imagine a Prius going in excess of 120 mph

    2. Why isn’t it enough to remove the floor mat?

    3. I used to like Toyotas when I considered them Japanese cars, and thought they were about the best cars you could get. Now I consider them American cars.

    But something seems weird about this. If removing the floor mat removes the problem, why does Toyota have to work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a fix?

  3. I agree with Yana … if you’re paying enough attention to read Toyota’s instructions on how to stop the vehicle, why not simply remove the floor mat?

    It also seems weird that NHTSA would be involved. There really should be a low tech fix for this problem.

  4. Wojciech says:

    I had this happen to a friend recently (not sure if it was a Toyota), but it can really catch you by surprise.

    He was merging onto the highway, the accelerator stuck, and within seconds he was doing 100+. To top it off, there was construction on the side of the road, so the shoulder was blocked off with huge cones.

    I think he ended up turning the car off completely and coming to a stop.

    Anyway, agreed that this is really a low-tech fix. You just need a car mat that doesn’t get under the pedal.

  5. nickel says:

    Heh. Does this mean I can make my car go 120+ by buying their floor mats?

    • Dave says:

      Its also the perfect excuse for speeding – I’m sorry officer, my floor mat was stuck under the gas pedal!!!

    • zapeta says:

      Yeah, I sense a market for these new high performance floor mats. Why get a new sports car when all you really need are the right floor mats?

  6. Dj Hams says:

    I have had this happen to my 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer. The mat slipped under the accelerator, and it was HORRIBLE getting up the hill with a whole line of cars behind me honking. I live in Upstate NY, and NY drivers are aggressive.

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