Toyota Recall Floor Mats?

Toyota issued a safety recall for 3.8 million Lexus and Toyota cars because of potentially deadly floor mats. But what does the company mean with deadly floor mats? Why are they dangerous? I have a Toyota so I'm very interested.

asked by Destiny in Car Makes | 2250 views | 09-30-2009 at 06:16 PM

The seven models being recalled could potentially have removable mats that would interfere with the pedal and cause it to stick.

That's dangerous.

"A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death," said Toyota in its statement.

Though Toyota recalled accessory all-weather floor mats in 2007 for similar problems, NHTSA noted that reports of vehicles accelerating rapidly even after the release of the pedal have continued.

In a statement posted on the automaker's Web site earlier this month, Toyota said that preliminary information from investigators indicated that a fatal crash involving a family driving a 2009 ES350 loaned by a local Lexus dealer in San Diego could have been caused by an all-weather floor mat interfering with the accelerated pedal because of a faulty mat installation.

answered by Parker | 09-30-2009 at 06:17 PM

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