The number of vehicles Toyota has to recall over the faulty floor mat and stuck accelerator debacle continues to mount, with news breaking overnight that an additional 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. need to be recalled in order to have their floor mats fixed.
This is in addition to the 4.3 million vehicles already recalled since last fall, bringing the total tally of vehicles now to approximately 5.4 million and making it one of the largest U.S. transport safety actions in history.
The latest list of recalled vehicles include 2008-10 Highlanders and 2009-2010 Corollas, Venzas, and Matrixes. Additionally, the recall also covers 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibes manufactured by Toyota for GM.
Only a couple of days ago Toyota was forced to stop stales of eight models (RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Tundra, and Sequoia) and temporarily suspend production of 2.3 million vehicles for stuck accelerator pedals--a separate issue to the floor mat problem though both may result in vehicles unintentionally accelerating.
To solve the problem Toyota is modifying or replacing accelerator pedals and floor mats as well as changing the surface around the pedals to help prevent them from getting stuck.
To add insult to injury, GM is taking advantage of the situation by offering incentives of $1,000 and low financing rates to existing Toyota customers.
[Automotive News, sub req’d]