Toyota states that the duo of Lexus crossovers are being recalled for "unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal." In total, 154,000 RX models are affected by this latest addendum to the recall – 131,800 RX 350 and 22,200 RX 450h vehicles.
Between the two different pedal entrapment cases, Toyota has now recalled around 7.8 million vehicles.
The automaker will notify customers via first class mail beginning in August. Concerned owners can contact the manufacturer directly at 1.800.255.3987 or visit lexus.com/recall for more information. Scroll down to read the official press release.
UPDATE: According to the International Business Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety administration may consider launching an investigation on Toyota "regarding delays in notifying the agency about the problem." The government agency released a statement saying, "NHTSA is requesting additional documentation from the manufacturer and is considering opening an investigation into whether Toyota met its obligation to notify the agency and conduct a recall in a timely manner."
2010 Lexus RX added to potential floor mat interference campaign
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 29, 2012) -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it has amended its recall from late 2009, adding two models to address the potential for unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal. The models added are:
• 2010 RX 350 (approximately 131,800 vehicles) and
• 2010 RX 450h (approximately 22,200 vehicles)
Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a safety recall notification by first class mail in early August 2012. Lexus dealers will remedy the involved vehicles at no cost to the customers.
Detailed information and answers to questions are available at or www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1-800-255-3987).