Since 2009 Toyota has had to place multiple makes and models on recall in order to avoid extensive complications with their floormats. Records have indicated a steadily increasing amount of incidences where after-market or poorly installed floormats would slide forward and cause a jam in the accelerator. This locked the accelerator in the full open position and prevented drivers from controlling their speed, ultimately resulting in serious crashes. The first recall featured a wide variety of models, including camry, prius, tundra, highlander, corolla, venza, matrix and more. A second recall came in 2010, adding on even more models including the RAV4. A third recall featured the 2010 Prius and 2010 Lexus HS 250h. Now, two years later, it seems as if more Lexus models are being analyzed for floor mat complications. As reported by Edmunds:
“Toyota is recalling 154,036 2010 Lexus RX 350 and Lexus RX 450h crossovers because the accelerator pedal can become stuck at full throttle when trapped by an unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This latest action underscores the fact that Toyota continues to grapple with unintended acceleration related to floor mats three years after the problem initially came to light. ‘The accelerator pedal can get stuck in the wide open position due to its being trapped by an unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mat,” said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. “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.'”
If you own one of these Lexus models it is advisable to get replacements as quickly as possible or drive without the use of mats. If you’ve been injured due to a slide or jam of the accelerator, you could be entitled to legal compensation. Our job is to find and assist the individuals who have been endangered by this very preventable problem. Utilize our free consultation form on the right side of the screen. If you want to learn more about the history of Toyota’s recall, visit our recall page.