Posted on: October 14, 2011
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to address a long-standing problem that can cause gas pedals to become stuck in floormats, according to news reports .
Various issues can attribute to the problem, including a plastic pad in the driver’s side floormat that can catch the pedal. The vehicles affected by that problem include 20,000 2006 and early 2007 model year Lexus GS300 and GS350 All-Wheel cars.
Another issue lies in cars’ retention clips that are used to secure a piece on the vehicle’s center console. Nearly 372,000 model year 2004 through early 2007 Lexus RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h SUVs, as well as approximately 397,000 2004 through 2006 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVs are affected by that problem.
The recall also expands a previous 2009 recall for a problem with extra-thick floormats that gas pedals can get stuck in. “Approximately 603,000 model year 2003 through 2009 Toyota 4Runner SUVs, approximately 17,000 model year 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX570 SUVS and approximately 761,000 model year 2006 through 2010 RAV4’s are being added to that recall,” according to news reports.
As a Columbia personal injury lawyer , I urge consumers to fix their cars if they are part of this massive recall. Toyota recalled about 14 million vehicles worldwide since last November, including about 11 million in the United States. My condolences go out to all the victims of Toyota vehicle problems, as well as their friends and families affected by car accidents that occurred as a result of the safety recalls.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled vehicle, contact a personal injury lawyer in Columbia .