In the last week of June, 2012, Toyota announced a floor mat recall. This recall, much like other ones, has to do with the driver seat floor mat, and affects the 154,000 model year 2010 Lexus RX350 and RX450 H. Toyota’s fifth recall on these mats since 2005 leaves speculation for other vehicles as well. According to Safety Research and Strategies, Inc:
We have carefully reviewed the 2010 RX350 speed control complaints and we noticed something pretty interesting. Drivers were reporting that during the unintended acceleration event, the “brake failure” telltale on the dash was lit up.
Car accidents can lead to personal injury. Protecting yourself in these cases is important. Trained layers have the knowledge that most people do not have. If your car had a recall, do you know how ensure it is properly fixed and your safety is not at risk?
The Wall Street Journal reports that the recall affects vehicles built from November 28, 2008, through September 1, 2010. Toyota has recalled over 14 million vehicles since 2009. With this being the fifth recall for floor mats, Toyota is facing major scrutiny over its safety and quality. This recall is a direct result of the accelerator pedal getting stuck due to an unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 154,036 cars filed documents for the recall.
Toyota has spent millions to fix these recalls and take care of future safety issues. New brake systems and system software have been a priority for Toyota. These Lexus owners will receive notification of the recall by August. That could be too late for some drivers. Anyone with the affected vehicle can go to their local Lexus dealer and get the problem taken care of at no expense to the driver.
The NHTSA defines unintended acceleration as drivers hitting the wrong pedal and mechanical causes, such as pedal entrapment and bound Bowden cables. Educate yourself and stay involved with your car company to make sure that you are protecting the people inside your car.