• Feb 24th 2011 at 10:00AM
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Toyota has announced that it's voluntarily recalling approximately 2.17 million vehicles due to possible pedal entrapment issues. In case you've forgotten about Toyota's massive recall from last year, this new issue affects 2.17 million more vehicles where the driver's side floor mat can become a potential hazard. Uh oh.

In October of 2009, Toyota recalled nearly five million vehicles because of possible issues with the floor mats. In January of 2010, the automaker recalled an additional 2.3 million due to an issue with sticking accelerator pedals.

This latest rash of recalls pertains to: Toyota will be sending out notices to vehicle owners by first-class mail, and dealerships will fix the issue with no cost to the owner. As of this writing, Toyota states that it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this new set of recalls. The automaker's official press release is available after the jump.

[Sources: Toyota, AOL Autos]
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Toyota Announces Two Voluntary Recalls and Amends Potential Floor Mat Interference Recall Announced in 2009

Driver's Side Floor Carpet Plastic Pad Modification on Lexus GS

Driver's Side Floor Carpet Cover Replacement on Lexus RX and Toyota Highlander

Models Added to the Potential Floor Mat Interference with Accelerator Pedal Recall

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 20,000 2006 and early 2007 Model Year GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive vehicles to modify the shape of the plastic pad embedded in the driver's side floor carpet. In the event that the floor carpet around the accelerator pedal is not properly replaced in the correct position after a service operation, there is a possibility that the plastic pad embedded into the floor carpet may interfere with the operation of the accelerator pedal. If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may become temporarily stuck in a partially depressed position rather than returning to the idle position.
Owners of the involved GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive vehicles will receive a notification by first class mail beginning in early March 2011.

Toyota will also voluntarily recall approximately 372,000 2004 through 2006 and early 2007 RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h vehicles, and approximately 397,000 2004 through 2006 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles to replace the driver's side floor carpet cover and its two retention clips. If the forward retention clip used to secure the floor carpet cover, which is located in front of the center console, is not installed properly, the cover may lean toward the accelerator pedal and interfere with the accelerator pedal arm. If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may become temporarily stuck in a partially depressed position rather than returning to the idle position.

Owners of the involved RX and Highlander vehicles will receive an interim notification by first class mail beginning in the near future, explaining how to inspect for this condition or that they may contact their local dealer to perform the inspection.

Owners will receive a second notification once the replacement covers are available.
Separately, Toyota has amended its recall from November 2009, adding three models to address the potential for unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal. The models added include:

Approximately 603,000 2003 through 2009 4Runner
Approximately 17,000 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX 570; and
Approximately 761,000 2006 through 2010 RAV4

Owners of the involved 4Runner, LX 570, and RAV4 vehicles will receive an interim notification by first class mail beginning in the near future, informing them of the condition. Owners will receive a second notification once the recall preparations are complete.

Toyota and Lexus dealers will implement the newly announced and amended recall remedies at no charge to the vehicle owners.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there anywhere where I can go and see a history of Toyota's recent recalls over the years without having to go and check cars individually? Anyone? I've tried AB's search function by typing "toyota recalls" but it came up with a bunch of other makes.

      Just need it to show someone I know who is thinking about purchasing one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe Toyota should create a floor pan that moves down when the pedal is applied.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, I had that on my '79 two-tone (red/burgundy) Plymouth Horizon back in college!

        Except that the 'movable floorpan' was an aftermarket job created by a sheet of galvanized air conditioning duct that I cut to fit after the original floorplan rusted away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh what a feeling
        • 4 Years Ago
        att : DevilishPersona - recall motors ... in case you haven't noticed (obviuosly not) but Ford and GM have certainly been recalling thier share of vehicles over the past few months aswell, particuarly Ford.

        The question i ask ... is Toyota now being over-cautious !!
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        This just shows how far toyota is willing to go to Keep You Moving Foward!!

        • 4 Years Ago
        HA! And look at some of you of you writing jokingly about NASA and NHTSA findings showing no issue. I read one post mentioning a back room deal with Toyota and authorities to make the issue disappear. LMAO...

        I find all of this funny when I found myself defending what I said/wrote last week about Toyota's UA mishap. Geeze, we have a contradictive bunch here on Autoblog.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Recall Motors
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's just No Stopping a Toyota! ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        When will people wake up and realize that Toyota sucks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This @#$! never ends. Who's next?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This sheer size of the gas pedal problem in their cars is unintentionally accelerating at a rapid pace!
      • 4 Years Ago
      All toyota is doing here is covering their ass. Chances are these systems are fine, like most of the old ones, unless you put multiple or non OEM mats in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No. Probably not.

        The economy is weak and if NASA and the Gov't said what they really knew was wrong Toyota would take it on the chin and many jobs would cease to exist.

        They are pulling all the cars back in to fix what they found and it isnt a pedal, that was recall number 3 I believe. Remember?

        People so soon forget
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are people forgetting, exactly? Not sure why this whole concept is so difficult for people to grasp. No electronic issue with the vehicle. Fact. And no, your witch hunt claims there is something doesn't make it fact. Problems caused by pedal misapplication or incorrectly installed floormats(user or dealer error) or sticky pedal, fact.

        If they were trying to cover up something they previously found they wouldn't be recalling a seperate group of vehicles they'd be doing the same thing to all the vehicles orginally recalled too. My Tacoma never had an issue, and my pedal never got stuck on the stock floormats or the Weathertech all season mats I now have in there. Although here I am with a shortened gas pedal which wasn't even necessary.
      • 4 Years Ago
      att : Willie - What an absolute load of crap. I agree Toyota has had many embarrassing recalls over the past 12 months however the brand remains one the most effective, efficient and respected automotive names in the industry.

      If you want to know what a mess is, have a look at GM. Despite the mass restructuring of the brand, they can still only manage a profit because of massive tax breaks .. pfttt!!

      Basically - GM is still siphoning from the public coffers
      • 4 Years Ago
      Truly at a loss for words, Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        att : Alien Opinion - the question i sak ... is Toyota now being over cautious. However, continuous recalls is becoming embarrassing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But it's ok, because it's not a mechanical/electrical issue according to NASA.

        Nothing to see here folks, nothing to see.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Err, electrical. Still, nothing to see here...NASA says so!
      • 4 Years Ago
      we might be running out of jokes here
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or Toyota running out of vehicles to recall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A lot like toyota is running out of pedal travel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the correct floor mats are used and properly secured there is no issue. I have first hand experience with what people do with their cars. I have seen up to 4 floor mats stacked on top of each other. Don't blame the cars, the fault lies with people misusing the product.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Attention: Derp. I can't wait for all the toyota fans to come on here and tell us how their bland, boring, beige camry has never let them down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        att : IBX1 - bland and beige maybe but i can assure you with absolute confidance that the overwhelming majority of Toyota drivers / owners experiance little or no motoring hassles with thier cars hence why Toyota rightfully established a solid reputation not just in North Ameria but throughout the world which remains no different today despite many embarrassing recalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And they'd probably be telling the truth. I wouldn't want one for myself, but I'd be willing to bet most people don't have any trouble with them... just like most people with most cars.
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