Toyota Motor Corp.'s reputation as a carmaker that values safety takes a further beating with the announcement that it will recall 1.1 million cars more in the US to fix floor mats that may jam accelerator pedals and cause unintended acceleration.
Included in this recall are the following models: 2008-10 Highlanders and 2009-2010 Corollas, Venzas, and Matrixes as well as 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibes made in a joint venture with General Motors Co.
This latest move is related to the recall initiated last fall of 4.3 million vehicles in the largest ever US safety action.
This last recall of 1.1 million units was revealed only a day after Toyota decided to stop sales and suspend the production of 2.3 million U.S. vehicles recalled last week for sticking accelerator pedals.
If there's any confusion, it should be clarified that this issue is separate from the floor mat concern although both may result in vehicles accelerating unintentionally out of a driver's control.
Brian Lyons, Toyota's spokesman for recall issues, said that these vehicles were added in response to reports received by the federal government of pedals getting trapped on secured floor mats. Lyons added that what the company knows is that it is a very small number.