Recently Toyota filed two of the largest vehicle recall claims in history, encompassing over 3 million vehicles from Toyota and Lexus. Now it appears the car manufacturer may be issuing a third recall.
The first recall involved the floor mats in several Toyota models including; Camry, Prius, Avalon, Tacoma, Tundra, ES350, IS250, IS350 and lexus. The floor mats in these models are known to become lodged around the accelerator, causing it to stick. The floor mats are thought to have caused a least one fatal car crash. My colleague, wrote an article about a California Highway Patrol officer who got in to a car accident after the floor mats in his Lexus stuck. The accident killed the Highway Patrol officer and his family.
The second recall included the Toyota models Camry, Prius and Lexus ES350. According to Toyota, the accelerator pedals were too long on these models, and had to be recalled to be shortened them by ¾ of an inch.
Now federal investigators are researching the possibility of engine stalls on certain Toyota models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received twenty-six complaints of engines stalling on the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Matrix. Some of these reports stated that the engine will stall randomly while the driver is operating the vehicle on the highway or at intersections. This could pose a serious and even life threatening car accident.
If you own any model of Toyota or Lexus we urge you to visit Toyota’s website for both current recall details. We will follow the possibility of a third recall as news becomes available, in the meantime, be safe and take these recalls seriously.