Toyota is a popular brand for drivers in Colorado and across the U.S. Their durability withstands Colorado winters and mountain roads very well, making their vehicles an ideal choice for both city and country dwellers.
But potential floor mat interference with the accelerator pedal prompted Toyota to issue its largest recall ever last week – over 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus models are affected.
It was prompted after a fatal accident involving a California police officer and his family. The officer was driving a Lexus ES 350 on loan from a San Diego dealership. Investigators suspect the gas pedal was caught by the floor mat, causing the crash.
Toyota is instructing owners to remove their driver’s side floor mat until a fix can be found for the following models.
- 2004-2009 Toyota Prius
- 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
- 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
- 2007-2010 Toyota Camry
- 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
- 2006-2010 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350
- 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350
This isn’t the first time Toyota has issued recalls for floor mats interfering with accelerator pedals. In 2007, the auto manufacturer recalled 55,000 Toyota Camry and Lexus ES 350 models for the same problem.
If your vehicle is accelerating out of control, Toyota suggests the following:
- Put the vehicle in neutral and press the brake until the vehicle slows.
- Turn the ignition to the ACC position (engine off) and pull over. You will still have braking and steering but without the power assist features. Do NOT turn the key to off and remove it from the ignition as this will cause the steering wheel to lock.
- Models with push button ignitions can be shut off by holding the button down for at least three seconds
Owners of affected models should be receiving notices from Toyota very soon.
If you’ve been in an accident due to this defect, contact Colorado auto accident attorney R. Mack Babcock today to discuss your legal options.