Toyota announces Lexus RX unintended acceleration recall

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Toyota is incluind the Lexus RX in the unintended acceleration recall. Photo Credit: Toshinori baba/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA

The Lexus RX crossover is under an unintended acceleration recall by Lexus’ parent company Toyota. The Lexus RX unintended acceleration recall is for the same issue affecting other Toyota vehicles, namely “sticky” floor mats which can get trapped under the acceleration pedal.

Lexus joins unintended acceleration recall years later

In 2011, Toyota initiated a massive recall of its vehicles due to a flaw in the floor mats which could cause unintended acceleration. Regarding automotive defects, there are perhaps none more damaging to an automaker than unintended acceleration, except perhaps for fires or vehicle rollovers. Reports of unintended acceleration, though later found to be unfounded, nearly bankrupted Audi in the United States in the 1990s.

Toyota likewise suffered. The issue was that floor mats in Toyota vehicles could become trap the acceleration pedal in the “open” position, engaging the throttle. The defect, according to the Boston Globe, led to $48.8 million in fines from the United States government and worldwide recalls of more than 14 million vehicles, including roughly 7.8 million in the U.S., according to AutoBlog.

Toyota has just announced a recall of the Lexus RX, with unintended acceleration being the reason.

Same old song and dance

The automaker has been aware of the problem for some time, as there had already been 3.8 million vehicles recalled in the United States for sticking floor mats by the end of 2009, according to Reuters. However, according to USA Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had logged some complaints of the issue in the Lexus RX and urged Toyota to add the crossover to the floor mat recall.

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The reason is exactly the same. The floor mats of the 2010 Lexus RX crossover can “stick,” trapping the pedal and thereby forcing the throttle open. There are approximately 154,000 vehicles affected by the recall, including 131,800 RX350 models and 22,200 RX450h models, with the RX450h being the hybrid version of the vehicle.

Second verse same as the first

Just as with the previous Toyota floor mat recalls, if one encounters unintended acceleration, the first thing to do is not to panic. The brake should be applied firmly or the vehicle should be put into neutral. The driver should get the vehicle to a complete stop and off the road as quickly as possible and remove the offending floor mat.

Owners will be alerted soon of the recall and will be directed to take their vehicle to their nearest Toyota or Lexus service center. The floor mats will be replaced for free.

Sources

Boston Globe

AutoBlog

Reuters

USA Today: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/06/another-toyota-recall-sudden-acceleration-floor-mats-fine-delay/1#.T-3v6lLPe_0


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