Toyota announced today that it will issue not one, but two new recalls, one dealing with the plastic pad embedded in the driver’s side floor, and the other to address faulty safety clips on driver’s side floor mats. In addition, the company has amended their 2009 floor mat recall to include more vehicles.
The floor pad recall affects approximately 20,000 2006 and 2007 GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive vehicles. Toyota reports that the pad can potentially interfere with the accelerator pedal if the floor carpet is improperly placed, causing the pedal to remain depressed.
The second recall involves nearly 372,000 RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h models from 2004-2006, and another 397,000 2004-2006 Highlander and Highlander HV models. In some cases, the forward retention clip that keeps the floor mat from sliding may not be installed properly, and can interfere with accelerator pedal operation.
Customers affected by the floor pad recall will be notified by mail. Customers with vehicles involved in the retention clip recall will receive instructions via mail on how to inspect their vehicles, and an additional notification when replacement parts are available.
In addition to the two new recalls, the automaker included three new models in their original 2009 recall for floor mats, which may interfere with the gas pedal’s function.
The amended recall now includes an additional 603,000 4Runners (2003-2009); 17,000 Lexus LX 570s (2008-2011); and 761,000 RAV4s (2006-2010).
Toyota says they plan to notify all owners affected by the updated recall and provide additional information once preparations have been made to complete the repairs, which will be offered at no charge to vehicle owners.
Since 2009, the automaker has recalled millions of vehicles worldwide. The most recent recall was Jan. 27 and included several Lexus models with a potential fuel leak due to a problem with the fuel pressure sensor installation.
Toyota’s Owners Online site offers a simple VIN look up to determine if specific vehicles are involved.
“Toyota Announces Two Voluntary Recalls and Amends Potential Floor Mat Interference Recall Announced in 2009” pressroom.toyota.com
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