Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota said this morning it would conduct a "voluntary safety recall" of another 2.17 million vehicles in the United States to modify accelerator pedals that could get trapped by floor mats or carpets.
The company has already recalled more than 11 million vehicles to fix related safety problems around so-called "sudden acceleration" since 2009.
The total of 2.2 million vehicles includes several different recalls:
2006-2007 Lexus GS 300 and GS 300 All-Wheel Drive models
Approximately 20,000 of these cars will be recalled to modify the shape of a plastic pad in the driver's floor carpeting, which could interfere with the accelerator pedal if the carpet is out of place.
Owners of the affected Lexus GS models will be notified by first-class mail, beginning early next month.
2004-2007 Lexus RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h
2004-2006 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid
The company will recall 372,000 Lexus RX and 397,000 Toyota Highlander crossover utility vehicles to replace both the driver's side carpet cover and the two clips that hold it in place. If the cover, located in front of the central console, is incorrectly installed, it could lean toward the pedal and interfere with it.
Owners will first be sent a notification that explains how to check for this condition, and then a second letter when replacement covers are available for installation.
2003-2009 Toyota 4Runner
2008-2010 Lexus LX 570
2006-2010 Toyota RAV4
Finally, Toyota has added three models to its large recall of November 2009, to address the possibility that aftermarket floor mats, or mats that are not properly secured, could entrap the accelerator pedal. These models total 1.38 million vehicles altogether, with RAV4 crossovers accounting for 761,000 and 4Runner trucks another 603,000.
Again, owners will receive a pair of e-mails; the first will be a notification, and the second will inform them when preparations for the recall are ready.
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.
All repairs will be done at no cost to the owner.
Earlier this month, an NHTSA panel concluded that Toyota's electronic control systems were not connected to any of the incidents of pedals trapped by floor mats, or sticking due to condensation.
For more details on the various Toyota recalls, see our Toyota and Lexus Recall: Everything You Need to Know.