Toyota Recalls 2.2 Million More Vehicles for Unintended Acceleration Problems

Toyota Recalls 2.2 Million More Vehicles for Unintended Acceleration Problems Embattled Toyota Motor (TM) is recalling nearly 2.2 million more cars to fix problems related to floor mats that can trap accelerator pedals and cause vehicles to accelerate uncontrollably. The massive new recall resolves a yearlong government investigation into whether Toyota recalled enough vehicles in its attempt to resolve the unintentional acceleration issue, The Detroit News notes.

This latest voluntary recall adds vehicles not included in previous callbacks "to address the potential for unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal," the automaker said Thursday in a written statement. Those include more than 600,000 2009 4-Runner sport-utility vehicles; about 17,000 Lexus LX 570s from the 2008 to 2011 model years; and about 761,000 RAV4 compact SUVs from the 2006 to 2010 model years.

The world's largest automaker also said it is recalling 20,000 GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel-drive vehicles from the 2006 and early 2007 model years to to modify the shape of a plastic pad embedded in the driver's side floor carpet.

"In the event that the floor carpet around the accelerator pedal is not properly replaced in the correct position after a service operation, there is a possibility that the plastic pad embedded into the floor carpet may interfere with the operation of the accelerator pedal," possibly leading it to become stuck in an open-throttle position, Toyota said.

Additionally, Toyota said it was recalling about 372,000 Lexus RX 330, RX 350 and and RX 400h (hybrid) models from the 2004 to early 2007 model years, along with 397,000 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles from 2004 through 2006 to replace driver's side floor mats and two accompanying retention clips.

Should one of the retention clips be installed improperly, the mat could interfere with part of the gas pedal and possibly cause the accelerator to become stuck in an open-throttle position, causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly.

Toyota said it will begin advising owners of the affected vehicles by mail as soon as early March. Owners of affected vehicles can call Toyota at (800) 331-4331 or Lexus at (800) 255-3987.

News of the latest Toyota recall was first reported by The Detroit News via Twitter.

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First, American manufacturers have to produce a quality car and care about the consumers, not the bottom line of profit for those CEO's and the Unions. When the build a car that doesn't rattle it's way down the road and fall apart right after the warranty expires, then their businesses will be revived. But I guess some people have to purchase these American made cars to prove if they are any good or not and then wait until the warranty expires to see what happens. The other thing that irks me it the cost of the parts. Have you ever heard of a $200 heater hose? That is what Ford did to us.

February 26 2011 at 10:35 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

I think the recalls and the constant news about the Toyotas and their recalls were a Government plan to bail out GM. Think about it. As Toyota sales went down, GM sales went up. I wish they would stay out of business that they don't belong in.

February 26 2011 at 10:30 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Personally, I don't think the acceleration problem is related to floor mats at all. We have a 2009 Camry Hybrid that has had the floor mat repair and we still get an intermittant problem. Several times, after having the car parked, we will start the car and put it into reverse but it will proceed forward instead. We mentioned it to a friend with the same kind of car and he initially said he hasn't had the problem and then after 4 months, he came back and said it happened to him. I think it is an electronic glitch or a large delay that occurs after being in park. At least this is for this car; mayber not the ones that take off freely on the freeway. Or maybe it will progress to the severe problem but our Toyota Dealer assures us that is has never had any problem like this before and don't even check it out. Yeah, right!

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February 26 2011 at 10:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

to usmc32 regarding "classic car"
Definitions of Classic car on the Web: Classic car is a term used to describe an older car, but the exact meaning is subject to differences in opinion. The Classic Car Club of America, maintain that 20 years to 45 years old for a car to be a classic (over 45 years fall into the Antique Class).
So the Toyota 2000GT built from "67 to "70 would be a "Classic"

February 25 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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There's no such thing as a foreign classic car. It's just an old foreign car.

February 25 2011 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everytime I see someone driving a Toyota I think " now there goes a VERY dull boring person driving a dull boring car " ..LMAO

February 25 2011 at 6:16 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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What I think of when I see someone driving a toyota keeps getting censored by AOL.

February 25 2011 at 7:39 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

there is no need for recall since it is only for floormats that may jam the gas pedal. try replacing the floor mat instead and not physically replacing them but give monetary exchange, ie we at Toyota Motor Co. is experiencing recalitis due to defective form of the construction of the floormat,you are given a gift card worth $100 dollars. It is requested that you use this to buy a replacement for your original floor mats that came with your newly purchased Toyota sometime ago.
Failure to buy a replacement floormat may cause you to crash. Acceptance of the money will constitute agreement and will void you from suing us (TMC) when your Toyota made car propel itself without your consent.

February 25 2011 at 6:13 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

This story is really getting beaten to death. Now if we can just beat toyota to death so we can concentrate on getting rid of all the other foreign makes that litter our highway and streets. It's beautify America time.

February 25 2011 at 6:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I have a 94 Toyato Camary and over the years I have needed thins but it had been a very GOOD car..Just had the springs and power steering fixed. As for the carper arounf the gas pedal I had thar trouble too long ago bur I just removed the carpet and all is well, I do not drivreno but my son uses te car to take me with errands,,,,,Thank you Toyato.

February 25 2011 at 5:48 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Another good reason to BUY AMERICAN.

February 25 2011 at 1:37 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

NHTSA--investigate Honda junk!

February 25 2011 at 12:06 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply