Toyota recalls 55,000 floor mats
Toyota has recalled 55,000 floor mats as a result of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation. The recall -- which includes 30,500 mats in the Lexus ES 350 and 24,500 mats in the Toyota Camry -- is due to several complaints filed earlier this year that some Toyota models accelerated unintentionally.
The NHSTA investigation found that the unintentional acceleration was due to improperly installed all-weather floor mats sticking underneath the accelerator pedal, causing the pedal to become lodged.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the NHSTA has also received similar complaints for several other Toyota vehicles including the Prius, Avalon, RAV 4 and Tacoma. "We have also received complaints about the RAV 4 and Tacoma," said Rae Tyson, a spokesman for NHTSA. "We will continue to monitor all of the other Toyota vehicles not involved in the recall."
Toyota will notify owners next month and will begin replacing the mats in November. Earlier this year, Toyota mailed a warning of the unintended acceleration to all owners.