Although it had recalled nearly 4.3 million vehicles last fall for floor mats that could trap an accelerator pedal, Toyota announced yesterday it was voluntarily recalling another 1.1 million vehicles for a similar condition.
As was the case with the first floor mat recall, this recall is largely unrelated to the one issued on January 21, which deals with faulty accelerator pedals. Like the recall issued on October 5, 2009, Toyota dealers are instructed to replace affected all-weather floor mats and modify existing carpeted mats to eliminate interference, and securely fasten the mats to the floor mounts. Accelerator pedals will also be reshaped to help prevent binding.
This recall now applies to the 2009-10 Corolla, 2009-10 Venza, 2009-10 Matrix, and 2008-10 Highlander. The 2009-10 Pontiac Vibe -- a mechanical twin of the Matrix -- is also part of the recall.
Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman for recall issues, told Automotive News the vehicles were added "after some reports were received by the federal government of pedals getting trapped on secured floor mats." Toyota says the chance of a driver experiencing such an issue was "very small."
If you drive one of the affected vehicles, please visit your nearest Toyota (or, for Vibe owners, a GM dealer) so the issue may be rectified.
Source: Automotive News