Toyota Floor Mat Safety Recall: My Prius Goes On Notice Page 2

November 18, 2009

Third-gen Toyota Prius test drive

What should you do?
We request that you take out any removable driver's floor mat and NOT replace it with any other floor mat until the campaign remedy is ready and implemented on your vehicle.

In the event you choose not to take out your removable floor mat, Toyota strongly recommends that you ensure that the correct floor mat is being used, that it is properly installed and secured, that it is not flipped over with the bottom-side up, and that one floor mat is not stacked over another. Information on proper floor mat installation for your vehicle is enclosed with this notification. Please visit for information on other models.

What should you do if you experience accelerator pedal interference?

Should the vehicle continue to accelerate rapidly after releasing the accelerator pedal, this could be an indication of floor mat interference. lf this occurs, Toyota recommends you take the following actions:
First, if it is possible and safe to do so, pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the accelerator pedal; then pull over and stop the vehicle.

If the floor mat cannot be dislodged, then firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do NOT pump the brake pedal repeatedly as this will increase the effort required to slow the vehicle.

Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.

If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF, or to ACC. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.

--If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button.

--If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel.

What if you have other questions?

Please visit for further information. Your local Toyota dealer will be more than happy to answer any of your questions as well. If you require further assistance, you may contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-888-270-9371 Monday through Friday. 5:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am through 4:00 pm Pacific Time.

Toyota will advise you in a separate letter when a campaign remedy is your available for vehicle. After you receive that separate letter, you may submit a complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590; or call the toll-free 1-888-327-4236 Vehicle Safety Hotline at (TTY: l-800-424-9153) or go to, if you believe that Toyota has failed or is unable to provide a  remedy without charge or within a reasonable time after the earliest date we advise you in that writing a campaign remedy
is available for your vehicle.

lf you are a vehicle lessor, Federal law requires that any vehicle lessor receiving this recall notice must forward a copy of this  notice to the vehicle lessee within ten days.

We have sent this notice in the interest of your continued satisfaction with our products


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