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Toyota announces two new recalls for accelerator pedal safety, amends floor mat recall

Consumer Reports News: February 24, 2011 10:37 AM

Toyota has announced two separate voluntary recalls today due to problems with vehicle floor mats. The first affects approximately 20,000 2006-2007 Lexus GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel-drive sedans to modify the shape of the plastic pad 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 and it could become stuck in the depressed position. Owners will receive notification for a fix in early March.

In addition, Toyota is recalling 372,000 2004-2006 and early 2007 RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h SUVs, plus approximately 397,000 2004-2006 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVs to replace the driver’s side floor carpet cover and its two retention clips used to secure the carpet. The clips may not be installed properly and the carpet cover could interfere with the accelerator pedal and cause it to get stuck in the depressed position.

Owners of the RX and Highlander vehicles will receive an interim notification to inspect for this condition or a local dealer can perform the inspection. Then a second notification will be sent out when the replacement covers are available.

Separately, 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 4Runner, 17,000 2008-2011 Lexus LX 570, and 761,000 2006-2010 Toyota RAV4 SUVs. Owners will receive two notices—one informing them of the issue and the second when the recall fix is complete.

For more information, visit www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall. Owners can call 1-800-331-4331 for Toyota or 1-800-255-3987 for Lexus.

Look up your Toyota or Lexus vehicle by VIN.

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