• Sep 26, 2007
Toyota plans to recall 55,000 all-weather floor mats that have been blamed for unintended acceleration in 40 complaint reports collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners who filed complaints reported their floor mats, which should normally be secured by clips, had become stuck under the acceleration pedal. Toyota, however, has said that in some cases these all-weather mats were merely placed on top of the standard floor mats, rather than being secured with their clips. Regardless, the sticking floor mats have led to eight crashes and 12 injuries.
Though only affecting floor mats sold with the Lexus ES 350 and 2007/08 Toyota Camry, the NHTSA is also warning Toyota Prius, Avalon, RAV4 and Tacoma owners to check and make sure their floor mats are properly secured. The potential for an accident to occur is much greater in the Lexus ES 350, however, because it's equipped with a push-button ignition so that the engine cannot simply be turned off by a key if an owner experiences unintended acceleration.

Toyota will notify owners of the affected vehicles in October and replace the floormats in November. If you own a Toyota or Lexus and opted for the all-weather floor mats, check to make sure they're secure before your next drive.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Huh, I never even contemplated the possibility that a car with push-button ignition would not have some type of kill switch...yikes, I think I'll stick with keys for a while longer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guys, stop taking pot-shots at Toyota owner!! These are simple cars for very simple people. Shit happens!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This has to be a first. A floor mat recall! I recognize the issue though. I had floor mats on a Nissan Truck that used to do that after wearing down the little points on the bottom meant to dig into the carpet. The truck had a manual so during stop and go traffic, I would have to kick them back constantly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my corsica's gas pedal got stuck on a heavy winter mat one time. do you think GM would consider a recall or should i go after Canadian Tire? :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota will recall cars for floor mats but still won't admit fault for the thousands of engine failures due to oil sludging.

      Guess they just want to tell us how stupid we are.

      And we want to agree with them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Push button
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd comment on this, but the irony is too delicious to spoil.

      A $10 gift certificate to McDonald's for the first poster who blames it on the Big 3.
        • 7 Years Ago
        if the big 3 had just made non all weather floor mats to begin with, then toyota wouldnt have had to be competitive and buy theirs from china.

        there, the big 3 and china to blame in 1 sentence
      • 7 Years Ago
      So how do you turn off the engine on a lexus ES350? Say, "Stop you d**** japanese sh**box" in japanese?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toy's well on its way to recalling more cars than they sell. Driving a Toy just might take your life.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just to play devil's advocate here, Push button starts do have some advantages.

      Removing the keyhole from the steering column allows for greater movement for telescoping steering wheels and more collapse room in the case of an accident.

      If something fails and you need to cut power to the wheels, can't you pop your tranny into neutral? Perhaps other automakers have learned from Toyota's design flaws and allow for engine shut off by pushing the button w/o the vehicle being in park.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Saab (at least they used to) uses a key lock cylinder located on the center console - still functions like a normal car while not crowding the steering column. Supposedly this was done so that you wont hit your knee on the key during an accident.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have long thought the whole trend for pushbutton 'ON' systems seemed silly. Just one more pause while the shebang gets going.

      NOW, after reading that, I'm convinced, they are super dumb. One would think the birth rate would be going down if people are sooo lazy they can't even stick it in and twist.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The mats even say right on them- "do not install on top of carpeted mats" and come with the clips. How stupid can some people be?

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