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The NHTSA Investigation Closes - Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million Vehicles in the US

16th June 2011
By johnkevin in Lemon Law
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Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States on Thursday to address accelerator pedals issue. The mishap resulting from this issue has been well publicized where an accelerator pedal became entrapped in floor mat or got jammed in driver's side carpeting. The company has received intense scrutiny from the government since August 2009, when four people were killed in a high-speed crash involving a Lexus near San Diego.

According to the Transportation Department, it had reviewed more than 400,000 pages of Toyota documents to determine the scope of the company's recalls for pedal entrapment as a result of which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked Toyota to recall the additional vehicles. As Toyota has conceded our investigation has come to a close. According to a Toyota spokesman these additional pedal entrapment recalls help ensure that acceleration concerns are reduced.

Since January 2009, Toyota has recalled 15 million vehicles globally to fix gas pedals and other safety problems. Half of them needed modifications to prevent the carpet from interfering with the accelerator. In its latest safety action, Toyota said more than half of the vehicles under recall were being added to a massive 2009 recall that fixed gas pedals getting trapped in the floor mat.

The Japanese automaker Toyota would add three models to the 2009 pedal entrapment recall:

* About 600,000 4Runner SUVs from the 2003-2009 model years

* 761,000 RAV4 compact SUVs from the 2006-2010 model years

* 17,000 Lexus LX 570s from the 2008-2011 model years

* 372,000 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400H vehicles from the 2004 through early 2007 model years

* 397,000 2004-2006 Toyota Highlander SUVs and hybrid versions

The recall also is announced to replace floor carpet covering and retention clips on the driver's side that could interfere with the accelerator pedal arm.

Toyota also recalled 20,000 2006 through early 2007 GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel drive vehicles to change the shape of a plastic pad embedded in the driver's side floor carpet that could cause pedal interference.

NHTSA said it had not confirmed any deaths or injuries associated with the latest recalls.

* The company said owners of the recalled GS 300 and GS 350 vehicles will be notified of the recall in early March

* Owners of the RX and Highlander vehicles will be notified in the "near future" and receive a second notification once replacement covers are available

* Owners of the recalled 4Runner, LX 570 and RAV4s will also receive an initial notification in the near future, followed by a second notification once the recall preparations are complete.

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