Toyota Issues Recall

Toyota

Toyota has recalled another 2.17 million vehicles today addressing the issue of floor mats that may lodge under accelerator pedals. The recall affects the following vehicles:

  • 2006 and early 2007 GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive
  • 2004 through early 2007 RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h
  • 2004 through 2007 Highlander and Highlander HV

An amendment to the original November 2009 recall added the following vehicles:

  • 2003 through 2009 4Runner
  • 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX 570
  • 2006 through 2010 RAV4

You can read the full press release on the Toyota website.

According to the Detroit News, the company has recalled a total of almost 15 million vehicles in the past two years.

Despite a half-dozen NHTSA investigations into sudden acceleration claims in Toyota vehicles since 2000, the automaker did little until the high-profile deaths of four motorists — including an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer behind the wheel — near San Diego in August 2009. They were killed when the vehicle sped out of control. Investigators said the cause was a trapped floormat in a loaner Lexus from a dealer.

Over a 10-year period, NHTSA received nearly 3,100 complaints, alleging at least 93 deaths from Toyota sudden acceleration incidents, but has confirmed a link in just five deaths. In that same period, the rest of the industry accounted for about 6,400 complaints combined.

In January 2010, Toyota was forced to temporarily stop selling more than 60 percent of vehicles in the United States, as it searched for a fix for its sticky pedal problem. Its top executive, Akio Toyoda, was called to testify before Congress, and the issue got worldwide attention. [Source]

Toyota faces more than 100 lawsuits because of recent issues.

[Image via Flickr user Daniel CTW]