Toyota says it is recalling more than two million vehicles sold in the United States to address the concerns of the accelerator pedal could become caught under the carpet, causing the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally.
The latest recall adds up to 12 million vehicles Toyota has already recalled worldwide over similar gas pedal problems in the past two years. Recall comes on the heels of the conclusion of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the electronic problems were not to blame for unintended acceleration cases involving Toyota vehicles. The cause of the problem seems to be centered around the vehicle carpets and rugs that could cause the accelerator pedal does not return to idle their natural resting place, but to become temporarily stuck in a partially depressed position.
The latest recall includes 600000 2003-2009 Toyota 4Runners, Toyota RAV4s and 17,000 from 2006 to 2010 761 000 2008-2011 Lexus LX 570s to replace the carpet that could change in position.
In addition, Toyota is calling back 372000 2004-2007 Lexus RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h models and from 2004 to 2006 Toyota Highlander 397 000 to replace the carpet driver side covers and floor mat retention clips.
Eventually, cars will recall 20000 2006 and 2007, the Lexus GS sedan to change the shape of a plastic anti-slip pad built into the driver’s floor carpet well.
Recall comes at the request of NHTSA, which reviewed 400,000 pages of documents before concluding that Toyota more vehicles needed to be added to the original lists.
“Following the review of the agency, NHTSA has asked Toyota to recall these additional vehicles, and now that the company did this, our investigation is closed,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
The manufacturer says it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the most recent series of recalls.
Exactly one year from Toyota CEO, Akio Toyoda, stood before a congressional hearing to accept “full responsibility” for security flaws in company cars that have been linked to dozens of deaths, car manufacturing giant announced today is conducting a voluntary “recall safety of 2.17 million vehicles in the U.S. at the urging of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reviewed more than 400,000 pages of documents to determine whether Toyota scope of its recalls pedal lock was enough, ” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in a statement to ABC News. “Following the review of the agency, NHTSA has asked Toyota to recall these additional vehicles, and now that thethe company has did this ,our investigation is closed .”
Owners should expect to receive mail notices of withdrawal in the coming weeks, according to Toyota.