Toyota Floor Mat Entrapment Recall

| February 8, 2010

What’s up with the Toyota Floor Mat?

In addition to the accelerator pedal recall there’s also a recall involving the floor mat. It’s called the floor mat entrapment recall. This recall doesn’t affect all Toyota vehicles. It appears to only affect the vehicles listed below:

  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2008-2010 Highlander
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2009-2010 VENZA

What happens with the floor mat entrapment?

The problem arises when an ill fitting or unsecured floor mat interferes with the operation of the accelerator pedal. Unfortunately, it may cause the gas pedal to get suck in the depressed position.

Currently, Toyota has come up with a few temporary remedies until the recall is complete:

  • If your vehicle has a genuine Toyota designed floor mat or a genuine Toyota Lexis designed all weather floor mat, you can receive a newly designed replacement format that is compatible with the accelerator pedal.
  • Reshape the accelerator pedal: Toyota will also reshape the accelerator pedal to prevent the risk of floor mat entrapment. Additionally with some Camry and Avalon models, Toyota will modify the distance between the accelerator a pedal and the floor to prevent such entrapment from occurring.
  • Finally, as of this writing, Toyota is working on installing a brake override system. When the break overwrite system is engaged, it will force the vehicle to respond only to the brake and ignore the depressed accelerator pedal. For a time frame for the brake override roll out, check out Toyota’s Recall Information webpage.

If you own one of the Toyota models affected by this recall, remove your floor mat. Do not install another one until after you have contacted your Toyota dealer.

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