Recall Alert: Toyota Begins Floor-mat Fix

May 3, 2010
2009 Toyota Prius

2009 Toyota Prius

Toyota's recall problems began last fall with complaints of floor mats being tangled under accelerator pedals, a scenario which could lead to unintended acceleration. After telling owners to either use zip-ties as a temporary fix or to remove the floor mats altogether while it worked on a fix, Toyota says it now has a permanent solution ready to go.

A recall letter was sent to High Gear Media Editorial Director Marty Padgett, who is the owner of a 2004 Toyota Prius, and he documents it here. A sample of the letter:

  • To make it less likely that an unsecured or incompatible driver's floor mat can interfere with the accelerator pedal on your vehicle, any Toyota dealer will remedy your vehicle at NO CHARGE to you. The remedy will entail modifying the accelerator pedal.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with a set of optional genuine Toyota All Weather Floor Mats (AWFM), it will be inspected to determine if the AWFM set is of an older design. if it is, the older design AWFMs for the driver and the front seat passenger will be replaced with newly designed ones at NO CHARGE to you.
  • Before the vehicle is returned to you, Toyota will inspect the driver's carpet and will clean it if necessary at NO CHARGE to you.

Here, also, is a list of recalled Toyotas:

2007-2010 Toyota Camry
2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
2004-2009 Toyota Prius
2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
2007-2010 Lexus ES 350
2006-2010 Lexus IS 250 and Lexus IS 350

Marty promises he'll detail his experiences when he takes his Prius for its appointment. Until then, if you own one of the affected vehicles, keep an eye on your mailbox and be ready to take your car or truck in as soon as possible.

[Source: The Car Connection]

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