Around 3.8 million models are being sought out by Toyota's headquarters to replace a hazardous drivers side floor mat, which can cause the gas pedal to get stuck and force unintended acceleration. This situation stems from a faulty floor mat anchor system.
Toyota issued this statement that asks drivers to remove the floor mats beneath the drivers feet. Until Toyota develops a remedy, it is asking owners of specific Toyota and Lexus models to take out any removable drivers floor mat and NOT replace it with any other floor mat.
What event would cause a massive alert like this---over a piece of carpet?
On 8/28/09, a 2009 Lexus ES carrying a family of four was involved in a fatal accident due to an accelerator pedal that was stuck open. The driver of the Lexus placed a 911 emergency call just a few minutes before the crash. He stated that the vehicles brakes were not working and the gas pedal was stuck. Moments later, the Lexus reached 120 mph, clipped an SUV, and rolled over an embankment as it burst into flames.
Investigators found that the 2009 Lexus had the wrong size floor mat installed in the drivers foot-well. It was too long and therefore became wedged against the accelerator pedal.
Toyota has not officially named this event a recall but sources suggest they will need to issue one soon and replace a few million floor mats. If you own a newer Toyota or Lexus model and are concerned about this sudden acceleration problem, you can find more information here.
Toyota has issued the recall for these models: 2007 2010 Camry 2005 2010 Avalon 2004 2009 Prius 2005 2010 Tacoma 2007 2010 Tundra
Lexus has issued the recall for these models: 2007-2010 ES 350 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350