Recall Notice: Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Vehicles to Replace or Reshape Gas Pedals

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Following a recall to replace floor mats, Toyota has now announced it will again recall 3.8 million vehicles in order to replace or reshape the gas pedal. The decision was made after it was determined the pedal’s shape, along with the shape of the floor mat, could cause the accelerator to stick.

In addition, Toyota has said it will a brake override system that will shut off the engine if both the accelerator and brake pedal are pressed at the same time. This, however, only applies to Toyota Camry and Avalon models, as well as Lexus ES and IS models.

Toyota has said it will notify Camry, Avalon and Lexus ES350 owners by letter before the end of the year, with owners of the five remaining vehicles being notified in 2010.

The recall comes after ABC News reported that the sticking gas pedal had let to more than 200 accidents and 16 related deaths.

Only yesterday Toyota issued a recall for a potentially defective rear crossmember on Tacoma pickups from 2000 to 2003.

For a full list of vehicles concerned in the recall, and the full Toyota announcement, see after the jump:

The models involved are:

• 2007 to 2010 model year Camry

• 2005 to 2010 Avalon

• 2004 to 2009 Prius

• 2005 to 2010 Tacoma

• 2007 to 2010 Tundra

• 2007 to 2010 Lexus ES 350

• 2006 to 2010 Lexus IS 250

• 2006 to 2010 Lexus IS 350.


Toyota Announces Details of Remedy to Address Potential Accelerator Pedal Entrapment
Torrance, Calif., November 25, 2009 – – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced today details of the vehicle-based remedy to address the root cause of the potential risk for floor mat entrapment of accelerator pedals in certain Toyota and Lexus models. Toyota issued a consumer safety advisory on September 29 on this issue and has, as an interim measure, commenced the mailing of safety notices to certain Toyota and Lexus owners on October 30.

The models involved are: 2007 to 2010 MY (model year) Camry, 2005 to 2010 MY Avalon, 2004 to 2009 MY Prius, 2005 to 2010 MY Tacoma, 2007 to 2010 MY Tundra, 2007 to 2010 MY ES350, 2006 to 2010 MY IS250, and 2006 to 2010 MY IS 350.

The specific measures of the vehicle-based remedy are as follows:

1. The shape of the accelerator pedal will be reconfigured to address the risk of floor mat entrapment, even when an older-design all-weather floor mat or other inappropriate floor 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 accelerator pedal and the floor.

2. Vehicles with any genuine Toyota or Lexus accessory all-weather floor mat will be provided with newly-designed replacement driver- and front passenger-side all-weather floor mats.

In addition, as a separate measure independent of the vehicle-based remedy, Toyota will install a brake override system onto the involved Camry, Avalon, and Lexus ES 350, IS350 and IS 250 models as an extra measure of confidence. This system cuts engine power in case of simultaneous application of both the accelerator and brake pedals.

Toyota is in the process of completing development of these actions and for the ES350, Camry, and Avalon will start notifying owners of the involved vehicles via first-class mail by the end of this year. The remedy process regarding the other five models will occur on a rolling schedule during 2010.

Dealers will be trained and equipped to make the necessary modifications to these models starting at the beginning of 2010. Initially, dealers will 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 for the repair, 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 the 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, as notified in the consumer safety advisory and the interim notice.

The brake override system will be made standard equipment throughout the Toyota and Lexus product lines starting with January 2010 production of ES350 and Camry and is scheduled to be incorporated into new production of most models by the end of 2010.

The safety of our owners and the public is our utmost concern and Toyota has and will continue to thoroughly investigate and take appropriate measures to address any defect trends that are identified.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Chris Chris on Nov 26, 2009

    i believe its the drive-by-wire system. i seen the interviews and some didnt even have mats.

  • Nobie hill Nobie hill on Dec 14, 2009

    On December 6th of 2009 ,this month as I was leaving 24hour fitness gym parking lot. Backing out of the parking space in my 2005 Lexus ES350 the accelerator stuck causing my car to plow into 2 parked cars at a very high speed in the gyms parking lot. I placed the car into drive and it accelerated again...under parking stucture is small,a man was walking to his park car, the only thing I could do to avoid hitting him was to crash into 3 other vehicles. My insurance company said that they checked with Lexus to verify if my car was in the recall. And said it was not.. The mats anchors securing both the front mats were broken and the mats did slip up near the pedals at times... My hope in writting my story is that no one else will have to suffer the truma I did. Please get this information regarding this safety issue to everyone that my drive any of the cars weather on the recall list or not. I think that the public should know. so that no one else is killed or hurt.