Torrance, California – Toyota U.S.A. has announced that it has learned of a report that a California Highway Patrol (CHP) unit was dispatched in response to a 911 call regarding a stuck accelerator pedal on a Prius.
The company said that on March 8, it learned that the CHP unit responded to the call from a motorist driving a Prius on Interstate 8 in San Diego County, who said that the accelerator pedal was stuck. The report states that the CHP unit slowed in front of the vehicle and acted as a brake to bring it to a stop.
Toyota said that it has dispatched a field technical specialist to San Diego to investigate the report and offer assistance.
In a separate statement, Toyota said that media reports of an upcoming recall for the 2004-2009 Prius to address possible floor mat entrapment are incorrect. There is no new recall being planned for the Prius to address the issue. The models were part of a voluntary safety recall campaign, announced on November 2, 2009, to address floor mat entrapment in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles, but there are no new recalls planned.