Torrance, California – Toyota Motor Sales USA has announced details of a remedy for the potential risk of floor mat entrapment on certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Concurrently, Toyota Canada announced that it has worked closely with Transport Canada and have agreed on a set of actions that the company will outline shortly.
The models involved are the 2007-2010 Camry; 2005-2010 Avalon; 2004-2009 Prius; 2005-2010 Tacoma; 2007-2010 Tundra; 2007-2010 ES350; 2006-2010 IS250; and 2006-2010 IS350.
The specific measures of the U.S, vehicle-based remedy are:
– The shape of the accelerator pedal will be reconfigured to address the risk of floor mat entrapment, even when an older-design all-weather mat or other inappropriate mat is improperly attached or is placed on top of another floor mat. For the ES350, Camry and Avalon models involved, the shape of the floor surface underneath will also be reconfigured to increase the space between the pedal and the floor.
– Vehicles with any genuine Toyota or Lexus accessory all-weather floor mats will be provided with newly-designed replacement driver and front passenger all-weather floor mats.
As a separate measure independent of the vehicle-based remedy, Toyota will also install a brake override system onto the involved Camry, Avalon, ES350 and IS250 models as an extra measure of confidence. The system cuts engine power in case of simultaneous application of both the accelerator and brake pedals.
Toyota said it is the process of completing development for these actions and will start notifying owners of the involved ES350,Camry and Avalon vehicles by mail by the end of the year. The remedy process for the other five models will occur on a rolling schedule during 2010. Dealers will be trained and equipped to make the necessary modifications to the models and will initially be instructed on how to reshape the accelerator pedal for the repair. As replacement parts with the same shape as the modified pedal become available, they will be made available to dealers beginning around April 2010. Customers who have had the remedy completed will have the opportunity to receive a new pedal if they desire.
In the meantime, owners of involved vehicles are asked to take out any removable driver’s floor mat and not replace it with any other floor mat until they are notified of the vehicle-based remedy.
The brake override system will be made standard equipment throughout the Toyota and Lexus product lines starting with the January 2010 production of the ES350 and Camry, and is scheduled to be incorporated into new production of most models by the end of 2010.