Toyota Announces Recall of 2.17 Million Vehicles to Repair Accelerator Problems

According to a report in Consumer Affairs, Toyota has just announced it is recalling about 2.17 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States as a follow-up to the 2009 recall that allegedly addressed the same problematic issue of accelerator pedals becoming stuck under floor mats.

A 10-month federal investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just determined that Toyota’s electronic system was not to blame for unintended acceleration that has taken many lives and led to the recall of 19.2 million Toyotas worldwide and 13.7 in the U.S. That leaves investigators looking again at floor mats as the probable cause of trapped gas pedals.

In the latest recall, which was announced on Thursday, February 24, Toyota said it will recall 20,000 Lexus vehicles to reconfigure the shape of the plastic pad that is in the driver’s side carpet. Without the fix, Toyota believes the plastic pad may cause the accelerator pedal to become stuck in a depressed position causing unintended acceleration. Two consumers have notified Toyota that they experienced that problem.

Also, about 372,000 Lexus RX models and 397,000 Highlander vehicles model year 2004 to 2006 are part of the recall. Those vehicles will have the driver side carpet replaced.

Owners can expect to receive recall notices next month.

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