Toyota Owners Take Note
As easy as it would be to make a crack about killer floor mats, it’s no laughing matter: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that the issue — mats that interfere with the gas pedal and cause unexpected acceleration — is “an urgent matter.”
The recall affects 3.8 million vehicles, specifically 2007 to 2010 Camrys; 2005 to 2010 Avalons; 2004 to 2009 Priuses; 2005 to 2010 Tacomas; and 2007 to 2010 Tundras. Affected Lexus models are the 2007 to 2010 ES 350s and 2006 to 2010 IS 250s and IS 350s. Until the recall kicks in (expected early next week), Toyota is urging drivers in the affected vehicles to remove their mats altogether. The recall was prompted in part by a fatal accident in San Diego on Aug. 28, thought to have been caused by the faulty mats, that claimed the lives of four people. Those with questions should call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.