Due to the risk of accident posed by unintended acceleration, Toyota will be recalling 3.8 million U.S. Toyota and Lexus models to fix floor mats that may snag gas pedals. The recall, Toyota's largest ever, was sparked by an accident on August 28 in San Diego during which four people were killed in a Lexus. In the meantime, U.S. regulators are asking car owners to remove their driver-side floor mats.
The Toyota vehicles involved are 2007 to 2010 Camrys; 2005 to 2010 Avalons; 2004 to 2009 Priuses; 2005 to 2010 Tacomas and 2007 to 2010 Tundras.
Lexus models are 2007 to 2010 ES 350s and 2006 to 2010 IS 250s and IS 350s. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the warning was issued because of incoming reports of vehicles accelerating rapidly after drivers released the accelerator.
In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calls this as an urgent matter and he is urging owners to remove mats or other obstacles that could lead to an accident.
With regards to the Aug. 28 accident, Irv Miller, a spokesman for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., said that the investigation is continuing. The accident prompted the company to look more closely at reports having similar incidents. However, he did not say how many complaints were received or even if a lawsuit has been filed.