Toyota has announced a recall involving 2.17 million of its vehicles in the United States. Yet again, this is in connection with issues of sudden unintended acceleration. The recall focuses on floor mats and/or carpets that could interfere with the operation of the throttle pedal, causing it to become stuck in a downward position rather than spring back to its desired spot.
The affected vehicles are:
- 2003 to 2009 Toyota 4Runner (603,000)
- 2004 to 2006 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid (397,000)
- 2006 to 2010 Toyota RAV4 (761,000)
- 2004 to 2007 Lexus RX 330/350/400h (372,000)
- 2006 to 2007 Lexus GS 300/350 all-wheel-drive models (20,000)
- 2008 to 2011 Lexus LX 570 (17,000)
Owners will soon be notified by first-class mail. Dealers will implement the remedies at no charge. Detailed information is available at toyota.com/recall or lexus.com/recall. Toyota customers may also call (800) 331-4331; Lexus customers can call (800) 255-3987.
This round of recalls should end at least a chapter, if not the book, on Toyota's sudden unintended acceleration woes that have caused it to recall around 14 million cars since September 2009 and pay more than $48 million in fines. Earlier this February, a study conducted by NASA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found no fault in Toyota's electronics systems. The floor mat issue was the last question mark, spurring this latest action. The NHTSA's administrator, David Strickland, said: "As a result of the agency's review, NHTSA asked Toyota to recall these additional vehicles. Now that the company has done so, our case is closed."