The ‘Great Toyota Floor Mat Recall’ continues as Lexus adds 154,000 2010 Lexus RX 350 & 2010 Lexus RX 450h models to the tally. It seems the reason as to do with “unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal”.
The last time that Toyota had such troubles, people were claiming the Electronic Throttle was getting stuck, causing numerous wrecks across the country. Over 7.8 Million vehicles were recalled in that little snafu. Then somehow, it was discovered that the floormats were to blame. This prompted countless reporters to go out and try to induce a borrowed Toyota to misapply the throttle. Of course, the go-pedal on the receptionist’s Camry always worked perfectly, and the whole thing ended with a Congressional investigation, and a big fine.
And now they’re having the same problem…again? Excuse me, but shouldn’t they have switched floor mat vendors by now? Or is it Really the car’s computer after all?
Now, I’m not suggesting that is the problem. But having had experience with a late model Toyota compact sedan, equipped with ETC and NO floor mats. Being able to see the sheer randomness of momentary throttle runaway, does give one pause.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with a stuck electronic gas pedal, or glitchy electric steering? If you have, post a comment, we’d love to hear from you.