Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Floor Mat Causes Largest Recall by Toyota/Lexus of Various Models Causing Sudden Acceleration & Crashes

Toyota Motor Company has issued an urgent recall of 3.8 million Toyto and Lexus vehicles (2007-10 Camry; 2005-10 Avalon; 2004-09 Prius; 2005-10 Tacoma; 2007-10 Tundra; 2007-10 Lexus ES 350; 2006-10 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350) due to sudden accelation concerns resulting from driver side floor mats sticking under the accelator pedals. 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.

Toyota has reported approximately 30 crashes and 20 injuries involving uncontrolled acceleration. Drivers have reported incidents of vehicles going over 100 mph even while stomping on the brake. In August 2009, four (4) people died in a crash in San Diego area in a Lexus ES 350 that investigators suspect was caused by a stuck floor mat.

Should this condition occur, you should immediately (1) Step on the brake pedal with both feet until the vehicle slows; (2) Try to put the transmission into neutral; and (3) Switch the ignition to OFF or accessory power. Consumers are directed to immediately remove the driver's side mat and contact your local Toyota/Lexus regarding this urgent recall. Owners with questions or concerns are asked to please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 800.331.4331 or Lexus Customer Service Center at 800.255.3987 or go to Toyota's website at or to Lexus' website at for additional information.

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you or a family member have been injured or damaged due to the fault or responsibility of someone else, an industrial accident or by a dangerous or defective product, drug or toxic substance, contact Alan Morton for a no obligation, free consultation.

For additional information contact:

Alan L. Morton
1005 North Eighth Street
Post Office Box 420
Boise, ID 83701-0420
Telephone: 208.344.5555
Toll Free: 866.946.1669 [866.WIN.1.NOW]
Facsimile: 208.342.2509

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