Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada is reporting that a collision involving a 2009 Toyota Venza in Hamilton, Ontario was due to an aftermarket floor mat wedged on the accelerator, according to investigators.
The Venza, driven by Jason Hindle, collided into a house on Dundurn Street in Hamilton on March 27, 2009.
Toyota Canada cited the Hamilton Spectator, which reported that investigators concluded that the floor mat caused the crash. Hindle said that the gas pedal jammed and the car accelerated, and afraid of hitting someone, he tried to crash into a tree. The tree broke over and the vehicle went into a house. No one was injured in the collision and no charges are pending.
Hamilton police seized the vehicle, and two investigators from Transport Canada and two representatives from Toyota Canada assisted with the investigation. It was determined that both the brake and accelerator pedals were functioning properly, and that the vehicle was equipped with aftermarket floor mats, which Toyota is recommending be removed from vehicles.