Toyota has announced several vehicle recalls and has expanded an earlier one to fix problems with vehicle floor mats that interfere with the accelerator pedal. About 2.17 million vehicles are covered by the latest round of notices.
The first set of recalls, which affects approximately 20,000 Lexus GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel-drive sedans from the 2006-2007 model years, involves modifying the plastic pad that's embedded in the driver's-side floor carpet. If the floor carpet around the accelerator pedal is not properly placed, the plastic pad may interfere with the pedal, which could become stuck in an open-throttle position. Owners should have received notification for a fix in March.
In addition, Toyota is recalling 372,000 RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h SUVs from 2004-2006 and early 2007, plus approximately 397,000 2004-2006 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVs, to replace the driver's-side floor carpet cover and the two retention clips used to secure it. The clips may not be installed properly, and the carpet cover could interfere with the accelerator pedal and cause it to stick.
RX and Highlander owners will be notified to inspect their vehicle for that problem, or they can go to a local dealer, who can perform the inspection. A second notification will be sent out when the replacement covers become available.
Toyota is amending its November 2009 floor-mat recall to add three models to address the potential problem of floor-mat entrapment in the accelerator pedal. The vehicles include 603,000 2003-2009 Toyota 4Runners, 17,000 2008-2011 Lexus LX 570s, and 761,000 2006-2010 Toyota RAV4 SUVs. Owners will receive two notices, one informing them of the issue and another when the recall fix is complete.
In 2009 and 2010, Toyota recalled almost 8 million vehicles to address problems of sticking pedals and pedal entrapment.