Toyota is set to recall 3.8 million vehicles in the U.S., the company announced in a press release on Tuesday. The floor mats on the affected models may interfere with the accelerator pedal, causing the accelerator to become stuck while the vehicle is in operation. A stuck accelerator can result in high vehicle speed, which may cause the operator to lose control of the vehicle and crash. A California crash that killed three people last month has been attributed to defective Toyota floor mats. Owners may begin receiving notifications of the recall as early as next week.
According to the press release, the following Toyota and Lexus models will be affected by the recall:
- 2007 - 2010 Camry
- 2005 - 2010 Avalon
- 2004 - 2009 Prius
- 2005 - 2010 Tacoma
- 2007 - 2010 Tundra
- 2007 - 2010 ES350
- 2006 - 2010 IS250 and IS350
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported over 100 incidents in which floor mats in the affected Toyota models caused the accelerator to stick. Owners of vehicles equipped with the defective floor mats are encouraged to remove the floor mats from the vehicle and refrain from installing replacement mats until the company remedies the problem.
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