Nov 30th, 2007 by RJ Menezes
Toyota Motor Co. is recalling over 58,000 “all-weather” heavy duty floor mats for the Lexus ES350 and Toyota Camry sedans, as well as the Avalon and Prius . The mats are sold as an accessory item for both cars through Toyota’s vast network of dealers.
The problem is that the mats can slide forward and get caught or jammed in the pedal box. This could cause the car become a potential driving hazard as it could obstruct the accelerator and brake pedals.
NHTSA urged drivers of other vehicles to check the driver-side floor mats to ensure they were properly installed. NHTSA spokesman Rae Tyson said it was taking the step “because we believe potentially it is a very serious safety issue.” This one is pretty obvious.
Toyota has received 22 complaints and learned of six accidents allegedly connected to the issue. A spokesperson said they did not know of any injuries linked to the mats. The Japanese-based automaker plans to notify owners in early October and expects replacement mats to be available at dealerships by late November. In a statement, Toyota advised owners to regularly check that their floor mat is properly secured and said “under no circumstances should more than one floor mat ever be used in the driver’s seating position.”
If you’re affected by the recall, and own a set of these mats, call Toyota at (888) 270-9371 or (800) 331-4331 and Lexus owners can call (800) 255-3987 for more information.