Toyota Recalls Top 14 Million Vehicles

Toyota Recalls Top 14 Million Vehicles

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Toyota Motor Corp. has announced a voluntary recall of 2.17 million vehicles, covering select Toyota and Lexus models. The latest news adds to numerous safety recalls announced since 2009, totaling 14 million vehicles globally to date.

Latest Recalls

The latest Toyota recall includes “…approximately 20,000 2006 and early 2007 Model Year GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive vehicles to modify the shape of the plastic pad embedded in the driver’s side floor carpet.” The automaker is recalling “…approximately 372,000 2004 through 2006 and early 2007 RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h vehicles, and approximately 397,000 2004 through 2006 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles to replace the driver’s side floor carpet cover and its two retention clips.”

The remaining vehicles being recalled are three models now covered under its November 2009 recall. Toyota amended its earlier recall to include approximately 603,000 units of the 2003 through 2009 Toyota 4Runner; about 17,000 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX 570 models; and 761,000 Toyota RAV4 from 2006 to 2010. Affected vehicles will be checked to “…address the potential for unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal,” states Toyota.

NASA Study

Earlier this month, Toyota received some very good news from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and NASA following the completion of a joint study of potential electronic causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The 10-month study revealed that, “NASA engineers found no electronic flaws in Toyota vehicles capable of producing the large throttle openings required to create dangerous high-speed unintended acceleration incidents.”

The findings affirmed what Toyota had insisted along to be true: sticking accelerator pedals and a design flaw that enabled accelerator pedals to become trapped by floor mats were the only causes behind situations involving unintended acceleration. The NHTSA-NASA ruling has taken a tremendous amount of press off of  Toyota, allowing the automaker to concentrate primarily on remedying verifiable problems including those involving its most recent recalls.

Recall Information

Affected Toyota and Lexus owners can expect to receive written notification over the coming weeks outlining when their cars can be brought in to dealerships for service. All repairs will be completed at no charge to vehicle owners.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987.

Resource

NHTSA: U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Results from NHTSA-NASA Study of Unintended Acceleration in Toyota Vehicles

Source: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

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