We have previously reported on the The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's pronouncements on the proclivities of certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles toward floor mat entrapment resulting in their gas pedals getting stuck.
This phenomenon, reported by NHTSA on October 29th, 2009 was responded to by Toyota in what NHTSA characterizes as a "misleading" and "inaccurate" manner.

Toyota has suggested NHTSA has absolved their vehicles of this problem when the appropriate mat is used and secured properly. NHTSA has stated unequivocally that this is not the case. NHTSA has urged consumers to remove their floormats until a more permanent solution is arrived at.

Reports of deaths and serious injuries from crashes motivated NHTSA to take strong action. The extent of the problem can be seen in NHTSA's language, describing the problem as "very dangerous" and stating " a stuck accelerator may result in very high speeds and a crash, which could cause serious injury or death."

The vehicles involved are:

  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2007-2010 ES 350
  • 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350

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