Toyota recall extended to replace accelerator pedals in 4.26 million vehicles
Extending the company's largest recall ever, Toyota announced on Wednesday it will replace the accelerator pedals on the 4.26 million vehicles it recalled in September. The original recall was for faulty floor mats accused of jamming accelerator pedals.
After the September recall, Toyota claimed the problem resolved, with no further defects to be found on the vehicles. However, the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminded Toyota its investigation was ongoing, with the latest recall a result of probe.
Vehicles involved in the latest recall include the 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 2006-2010 Lexus IS 350. In order to resolve the issue, Toyota will install a re-shaped accelerator pedal and replace the vehicles' original floor mats with redesigned mats.
Additionally, recalled Toyota Camry, Avalon and Lexus ES and IS models will be fitted with a brake override system. The system is designed to cut engine power if the brake and accelerator pedals are pushed at the same time.
Toyota says it has $5.6 billon stashed away specifically to fund recalls. As such, the company should be able to function as normal while the recall is resolved.