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Old 09-29-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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Toyota to recall 3.8M vehicles over floor mat problems, largest US recall in company's history
By Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer
On Tuesday September 29, 2009, 5:05 pm EDT
Buzz up! 0 Print.WASHINGTON (AP) -- Toyota says it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States to address problems with a removable floor mat that could interfere with the vehicle's accelerator and cause a crash.

The company says it will be the largest U.S. recall in its history. Owners could learn about the safety campaign as early as next week.

Toyota and the government warned owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles about safety problems tied to the removable floor mats. They say the mats could interfere with the vehicle's accelerator and cause a crash.

The recall will affect 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350.

Owners should take out the floor mats on the driver's side and not replace them.

Toyota's previously largest U.S. recall was about 900,000 vehicles in 2005 to fix a steering issue.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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Isn't this old news? A family member that bought a 08 camry wasn't given floor mats until they redid the clips to keep them in place. The salesman claimed the same reason.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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Well this is officially from Toyota about recalling in regards to the accident, which the news came out today.

I think Toyota made a good decision.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:28 PM   #4
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Well this is officially from Toyota about recalling in regards to the accident, which the news came out today.

I think Toyota made a good decision.
You are correct sir. This is the single biggest recall in Toyota's history. Big news indeed. Sure its a small problem but the off duty police officer in california sure brought some attention to the issue. I had a camry as a demo when I sold toyotas and I have no idea how the floor mat is causing the accelerator to stick open but whatever.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:36 PM   #5
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Wow. Jerks. This has happened to ME once in my dad's 2004 Highlander, and at LEAST twice in my mom's 2007 Avalon. I can't believe it took them this long to sort out. It wasn't too bad in the Highlander, but the Avalon is pretty fast.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:31 AM   #6
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Why not just send out a letter stating: "if your floor mat moves forward, causing the car to accelerate, shift into neutral".

Seems pointless, but will look good for the lawsuit against that family's estate.

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Old 09-30-2009, 12:47 AM   #7
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Yay, Toyota FTW, largest US auto recall ever.






New tagline...
Toyota, Moving Forward, Even If You Don't Want To.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:20 AM   #8
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cummon' people this is NASIOC... i'm sure if we try we can spin this to be the fault of GM and Bush.
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Same thing happened to me in my old Impreza on occasion. But, then, Subaru didn't see it fit to recall those cars due to headgasket failures, so the floor mats weren't that high of a priority.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:55 PM   #10
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This is related to the previous thread here about the CHP officer and his family who were killed. It is really starting to sound like the issue is a lot bigger than floor mats.

good OT thread: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1854912
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This is related to the previous thread here about the CHP officer and his family who were killed. It is really starting to sound like the issue is a lot bigger than floor mats.

good OT thread: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1854912
OT thread went to hell in a handbasket.

Anyway, if it were something else, why would they bother to do this huge, high publicity recall? It isn't like they could sneak a programming fix to the drive by wire in when they have you come pick up your new driver side floormat.

One thing is for sure, though. The guy who did floormat and pedal placement standard on these vehicles is probably drinking pretty heavily right now looking at his sword and pondering.

I've had similar issues with my 2.5RS (no brakes or clutch from the mat sliding up behind the pedals). The hook that was supposed to hold the floormat in place didn't stick in the carpet well and the floormat would slide up behind the pedals if I was wearing a boot or other large/awkward shoe.
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Anyway, if it were something else, why would they bother to do this huge, high publicity recall?
[tin foil hat]They can't say there is no problem at all, so they are trying to blame everything on the floormats. So it looks like they are taking action but in fact they are covering up the underlying, much more serious problem.[/tin foil hat]
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