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Floor mats force recall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles

In response to a recent accident in California that involved fatalities, Toyota is issuing a recall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles because the company says the floor mats can interfere with the accelerators.

Included in the recall is the 2005-2010 Prius Hybrid. The Prius is scheduled for production in Blue Springs, though a starting date has not been set.

The 3.8 million vehicles is the largest U.S. recall the company has ever issued. Magnolia Marketplace ran a Google search and was able to come up with only one link, which is here.

UPDATED AT 3:40 p.m. : Details of the accident responsible for the recall can be found here.

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  1. Nikki Rock
    September 29th, 2009 at 20:42 | #1

    This happened to me. I drive a silver 2007 Lexus IS250. In February of this year, I was driving to work via the wesbound PA turnpike. I attempted to slow down and realized that the car was not slowing down, rather it was accelerating. It was the scariest feeling ever… at one point I was standing up with both feet on the break with still no ability to come to a stop. I slammed through every gear on the car, including park and ultimately caught my breath, stopped panicking, put the car in neutral and turned the car off via the button; I veered to the shoulder and just sat there for quite some time. I was shaking uncontrollably but still had about 10 miles to go to get to work. I arrived at work and immediately called Lexus. The tow truck driver said that it was probably my floor mat which struck me as odd and was even more confused when the receiptionist who answered the phone at the dealership asked me if I had purchased floor mats. They had the car for about a month bc I wouldnt’ pick it up, I was petrified to drive it. They continued to say that nothing was wrong with it. After I did some research on my own, I found that there had been a previous recall on the floor mats and that the regular mats should be removed if the all-weather mats were installed and called the dealership where my car was to let them know that I was aware of this issue. Amazingly, when I finally went to pick up the car, both the regular mat and the floor mat were still in the vehicle. I raised this as a concern and they removed the normal mats but kept the all weather mats in the car.

    I requested an extended warranty becuase of the potential harm that I caused the transmission in my panic and requested a letter from them with my side of the story. The letter was brief and Lexus made it clear that according to their inspections, nothing was wrong with the car. It makes me sick to think of what could have happened and am just horrified that someone had to die in order for something to be done about this….

  1. September 29th, 2009 at 22:57 | #1
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