Toyota recalls 2.17 million vehicles
TORRANCE, CA (RNN) – Toyota announced a voluntary safety recall of 2.17 million U.S. vehicles, saying that faulty carpeting and matting could affect their accelerator pedals.
More than half of the vehicles were added to a burgeoning list of recalls from November 2009. According to the Associated Press, Thursday’s additions pushed the total number of vehicles recalled by Toyota over 14 million vehicles since 2009.
These vehicles include 761,000 RAV4 manufactured between 2006 and 2010; 603,000 4Runners manufactured between 2003 and 2009; and 12,700 Lexus LX 570 vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2011.
•Approximately 20,000 2006 and 2007 GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel drive
•Approximately 397,000 2004 through 2006 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles
•Approximately 372,000 2004 through 2006 and early 2007 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h
•Approximately 603,000 2003 through 2009 4Runner
•Approximately 17,000 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX 570
•Approximately 761,000 2006 through 2010 RAV4
The vehicles have been recalled in order to “address the potential for unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal,” Toyota said in a news release.
Two separate recalls were also issued Thursday. First on the list is a group of 20,000 GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive Vehicles manufactured between 2006 and early 2007.
Toyota said that the vehicles need to have the plastic pad embedded in their driver’s side carpet modified, for fear that it could affect how their accelerator pedals operate.
“If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may become temporarily stuck in a partially depressed position rather than returning to the idle position,” Toyota said.
The next recall includes 372,000 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h vehicles manufactured between 2004 and 2006 and in early 2007. Also in this group are 397,000 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles made between 2004 and 2006.
Toyota said this group of vehicles needs to have the carpet cover and its two retention clips replaced, also on the driver’s side floor.
“If the forward retention clip used to secure the floor carpet cover, which is located in front of the center console, is not installed properly, the cover may lean toward the accelerator pedal and interfere with the accelerator pedal arm,” Toyota said.
Toyota said the accelerator pedal in these vehicles could become “temporarily stuck in a partially depressed position” instead of shifting back to idle, if such an event occurs.
Owners of all of the vehicles will receive more information in the mail in the near future, Toyota said.
A government accountability report recently cleared Toyota of liability over some of its vehicles that accelerated suddenly, saying that the vehicles seemed to have sticky accelerator pedals rather than electrical glitches.