• Jun 29th 2012 at 2:30PM
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The 2010 Lexus RX 250 and RX 450h were added to a long ... The 2010 Lexus RX 250 and RX 450h were added to a long list of recalls that started in 2009 (Credit: Toyota).
DETROIT (AP) - Toyota's problems with unintended acceleration just won't go away.

Federal safety regulators said Friday that they have asked the company to recall about 154,000 Lexus SUVs because their floor mats can trap the gas pedal and cause the vehicles to speed up without warning. The agency is also said it may investigate whether Toyota told the agency about problems quickly enough.

The move adds the 2010 model year Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 to a string of safety recalls that date to 2009. Toyota has recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally to fix problems including sticky gas pedals and floor mats. The recalls tarnished the company's reputation for reliability and cut into sales.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it requested the SUV recall after reviewing complaints from customers and information from Toyota.

The agency said gas pedals can become trapped by floor mats, causing the SUVs to accelerate unexpectedly. The agency said people with the SUVs should remove the driver's side floor mat and have their vehicles serviced quickly.

Toyota said owners will be notified by mail in early August, and dealers will fix the problem for free.

Experts say if your car accelerates unexpectedly, you should step on the brake and shift into neutral or shut off the engine.

Toyota paid the U S. government a record $48.8 million in fines for failing to promptly alert U.S. regulators to safety problems over sticking accelerator pedals.

Toyota's recall saga started back in 2009, when a California Highway Patrol officer and his family were killed in a brutal accident in San Diego. The officer was unable to stop the Lexus he was driving when the gas pedal became stuck.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      James G. Banks
      • 3 Years Ago
      And people still buy Toyotas. Keep that with all the concentration camp Mitsu and Nissan crap away.
      • 3 Years Ago
      People like picking on Toyota. I received a recall notice for my 2011 Chrysler 300 over one month ago. I have spoken to my local dealer twice about trying to make an appointment only to be told (twice) that Chrysler does not have the part (it remains on back order) and there is no estimate of when my car can be fixed. Toyotas have trouble stopping, but my Chrysler can catch on fire. Which is worse?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Floor mats can form a long bump like those on streets. I have had that problem in my Hyundai. I have to take up the mat and work with it to get it to lie flatter. I have had this problem with other cars in the past.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      One more reason to buy an American made vehicle. Only GM for this guy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why, so when Chevy's floor mats become an issue, you can fix the problem on your own as opposed to getting it serviced by the dealer?
          • 3 Years Ago
          Over the last 43 years I have owned only American cars. Most came with floor mats. The others I installed inexpensive floormats bought in discount stores. In that time I've driven over 750,000 miles and have NEVER had a floormat that interfered with the gas pedal in any way. Why is this problem unique to Asian cars? And why are the drivers of these Asian cars so stupid as to let it happen?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Carpet stuck under the gas pedal? DUH--take the removable carpet OUT when you buy the car. It's cheaper to buy new door-to-door carpeting for your vehicle when road salts deteriorate the floor covering than it is to lose a loved one in an accident.
      Wyatt Earp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Throttle stuck? Shift into neutral, (ignore the roar of the engine, the PC will not allow the engine to exceed an rpm where it will be damaged) using the brakes, steer off the road, once stopped, key off, then thank God. I work these throttle cases as an expert, I've only seen one valid one in 25 yrs and it was 1 month ago on a 2001 Ford Escape, where a 16 yr old girl was killed. They only had 1:45 minutes to help her and no one told here to shift into neutral.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the real problem here, is the Lexus RX line itself. I do believe there should be a recall, not on the floormats, but on the licenses of anyone who paid thousands upon thousands of dollars for a triple dose of novacaine on four wheels.
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