This morning Toyota is announcing a recall of more than 2 million vehicles in the United States, saying they may pose a danger of the accelerator becoming entrapped in the floor mat. If this story sounds familiar, it should. The latest recall is an expansion of the company’s earlier recall for this same problem, which it announced in 2009. This latest recall increases the total number of vehicles recalled by Toyota since 2009 to more than 14 million worldwide.
Toyota says this new recall addresses issues raised in a government investigation into whether or not the initial recall for accelerator pedal floor mat issues was extensive enough. The new recall adds three more models to the pedal entrapment recall:
- 2003-2009 model year 4Runner SUV
- 2006-2010 model year RAV4 compact SUV
- 2008-2011 model year Lexus 570
Additional vehicles are being recalled for a slightly different problem with vehicle carpeting and floor mats. According to Toyota, these additional vehicles are not part of the original pedal entrapment recall.
Four makes are being recalled to replace floor carpet covering and retention clips on the drivers side that could interfere with the accelerator pedal arm. These vehicles are:
- 2004-early 2007 model years RX330, RX350 and RX400H
- 2004-2006 Highlander SUVs and Hybrids
Two other types of vehicles are being recalled to change the shape of a plastic pad embedded in the drivers side floor carpet that Toyota also says could cause interference with the accelerator pedal. These are:
- 2006-early2007 GS300 and GS 350 all-wheel drive vehicles
Toyota maintains that its problems with Sudden Unintended Acceleration (SUA), which caused thousands of crashes and deaths, is solely related to floor mat problems and sticky accelerator pedals. However, attorneys handling cases of SUA say studies provide evidence of a deeper problem with the vehicles’ electrical system.
Beasley Allen attorney W. Daniel “Dee” Milles, III, is serving on the Liaison Committee for personal injury / wrongful death cases in the Toyota Multi-District Litigation (MDL). He says, “There is ongoing, more extensive testing on the suspect Toyota models being conducted by the MDL lawyers and experts, as well as independent investigators.”