Torrance, California – Toyota Motor Sales USA is warning owners of various Toyota and Lexus models of the potential for an unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mat to jam the accelerator pedal in the full open position.
The company will launch a safety campaign and develop a remedy. In the meantime, it is asking owners of the specific models to take out any removable driver’s floor mat, and not replace it with any other floor mat.
The models affected are:
2007-2010 Toyota Camry
2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
2004-2009 Toyota Prius
2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
2007-2010 Lexus ES350
2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350
Should the vehicle continue to continue to accelerate rapidly after releasing the accelerator pedal, it could be an indication of floor mat interference. Toyota recommends that if it is possible and safe to do so, pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the pedal, then pull over and stop the vehicle. If the mat cannot be dislodged, firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do not pump the pedal repeatedly.
Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop and turn off the engine. If it is not possible to put the car in Neutral, turn the engine off, either by turning the key or pressing the Engine Start/Stop button steadily for at least three seconds. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but power assist to these systems will be lost.
If owners do not want to remove the floor mat, Toyota strongly recommends ensuring that the correct mat is being used, that it is properly installed and secured, that it is not flipped upside down, and that one mat is not stacked on top of another.