Toyota September 2009 recall due to faulty floor-mat

September 30th, 2009 - 11:39 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Toyota recall Washington, Sep 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Toyota has done it again. It is again going to voluntarily recall back, around 4 million of its vehicles due to its faulty floor-mat design that can trap the gas pedal and cause accidents too. This latest recall is being termed as the Toyota September 2009 recall.

Sources say, that a fatal crash involving a family of four in a September 2009 Lexus ES 350 last month near Los Angeles is believed to have been the source for the latest recall. Before the fatal crash happened, the driver called the police to say that the accelerator was stuck.

Toyota and the government warned owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles about safety problems tied to the removable floor mats. This September 2009 recall will affect 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.

As Toyota put it in its official statement, “Recent events have prompted Toyota to take a closer look at the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position due to an unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mat. A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.

“This is an urgent matter,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a NHTSA statement. “For everyone’s sake, we strongly urge owners of these vehicles to remove mats or other obstacles that could lead to unintended acceleration.” If the floor mat cannot be removed, Toyota advised drivers to firmly step on the brake pedal with both feet and shift the transmission to neutral position or turn the engine off if the gear does not shift.

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