Consumers and citizens throughout the U.S. were shocked to hear that 3.8 million vehicles were being recalled by Toyota Motor Corp. due to poorly designed removable floor mats that increased the likelihood of accelerators getting stuck, cars accelerating out of control, and subsequent car accidents. According to a huffingtonpost.com article, this is Toyota’s largest recall to ever take place in the U.S. According to a Toyota spokesman, "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."
As Toyota works with officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find a solution for the faulty floor mat issue, owners of these vehicles have reportedly already been notified of the recall. Also, until the problem is fixed, consumers have been advised to take the removable floor mat out from the driver’s side of the vehicle and not substitute it with a replacement.
So what triggered this recall in the first place? Sadly, a high-speed collision took place in California in August involving an out-of-control Lexus automobile exceeding speeds of 120 mph due to a stuck accelerator. In addition to this tragic accident, NHTSA stated that 102 other incidents were reported regarding accelerators on Toyota vehicles that also may have become stuck due to the faulty floor mats.
This recall is undoubtedly a serious issue. If you or someone you know owns a 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 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350, you might want to tell them about the recall.
Before the floor mat incident, the largest U.S. recall issued by Toyota took place in 2005, involving 900,000 vehicles and a steering problem.
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