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Toyota To Reshape And Replace 3.8 Million Gas Pedals.

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On: Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 10:23AM | By: Drew Christy


Toyota To Reshape And Replace 3.8 Million Gas Pedals.

 

Toyota has announced they will replace the gas pedals on 3.8 million vehicles. This announcement is part of the largest recall in Toyota's history and affects both Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States. The company said it will reconfigure the shape of accelerator pedals to cut down on the risk that they may be jammed in the floor mat. In addition, it will replace original equipment floor mats with redesigned mats.

The following models are affected:

  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2007-2010 ES 350
  • 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350

 

Toyota will start notifying owners of the involved vehicles via first-class mail by the end of this year.  Owners of the involved vehicles are asked to take out any removable driver’s floor mat and not replace it with any other floor mat until the pedal is replaced or modified.

Initially (beginning of 2010) dealers will reshape the current accelerator pedal until a replacement pedal is manufactured. As replacement pedals become available (around April 2010)  customers will have the opportunity to receive a new pedal if they desire.

Owners with questions or concerns, are asked to please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1-800-331-4331) or Lexus Customer Assistance Center (1-800-255-3987), or consult the information posted at http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.

We have posted the press release from Toyota after the jump.

PRESS RELEASE

Toyota Announces Details of Remedy to Address Potential Accelerator Pedal Entrapment


Torrance, Calif., November 25, 2009 - - Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced
today details of the vehicle-based remedy to address the root cause of the potential risk for
floor mat entrapment of accelerator pedals in certain Toyota and Lexus models. Toyota issued
a consumer safety advisory on September 29 on this issue and has, as an interim measure,
commenced the mailing of safety notices to certain Toyota and Lexus owners on October 30.

The models involved are: 2007 to 2010 MY (model year) Camry, 2005 to 2010 MY Avalon,
2004 to 2009 MY Prius, 2005 to 2010 MY Tacoma, 2007 to 2010 MY Tundra, 2007 to 2010 MY
ES350, 2006 to 2010 MY IS250, and 2006 to 2010 MY IS 350.

The specific measures of the vehicle-based remedy are as follows:

1. The shape of the accelerator pedal will be reconfigured to address the risk of floor mat
entrapment, even when an older-design all-weather floor mat or other inappropriate floor mat
is improperly attached, or is placed on top of another floor mat. For the ES350, Camry, and
Avalon models involved, the shape of the floor surface underneath will also be reconfigured to
increase the space between the accelerator pedal and the floor.

2. Vehicles with any genuine Toyota or Lexus accessory all-weather floor mat will be provided
with newly-designed replacement driver- and front passenger-side all-weather floor mats.

In addition, as a separate measure independent of the vehicle-based remedy, Toyota will
install a brake override system onto the involved Camry, Avalon, and Lexus ES 350, IS350
and IS 250 models as an extra measure of confidence. This system cuts engine power in case
of simultaneous application of both the accelerator and brake pedals.

Toyota is in the process of completing development of these actions and for the ES350,
Camry, and Avalon will start notifying owners of the involved vehicles via first-class mail by
the end of this year. The remedy process regarding the other five models will occur on a
rolling schedule during 2010.

Dealers will be trained and equipped to make the necessary modifications to these models
starting at the beginning of 2010. Initially, dealers will be instructed on how to reshape the
accelerator pedal for the repair. As replacement parts with the same shape as the modified
pedal become available, they will be made available to dealers for the repair, beginning
around April 2010. Customers who have had the remedy completed will have the opportunity
to receive a new pedal if they desire.

In the meantime, owners of the involved vehicles are asked to take out any removable driver’s
floor mat and not replace it with any other floor mat until they are notified of the vehicle-
based remedy, as notified in the consumer safety advisory and the interim notice.

The brake override system will be made standard equipment throughout the Toyota and Lexus
product lines starting with January 2010 production of ES350 and Camry and is scheduled to
be incorporated into new production of most models by the end of 2010.

The safety of our owners and the public is our utmost concern and Toyota has and will
continue to thoroughly investigate and take appropriate measures to address any defect
trends that are identified.

Owners who have further questions are asked to visit www.toyota.com or www.lexus.com or
contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer
Assistance at 1-800-295-3987.




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