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Toyota recalls vehicles over loose floor mats

After an alert by the NHTSA, Toyota issues a recall to fix floor mats in seven models.

Toyota floor mat installation
Toyota issued this image of a properly installed floor mat. Toyota

An alert issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the potential for floor mats in various late-model Toyota and Lexus vehicles to jam the accelerator open prompted Toyota to place a recall for 3.8 million vehicles. The NHTSA issued the alert following an investigation into the crash of a 2009 Lexus ES350 in San Diego last month, which might have been caused by the floor mat sticking the gas pedal in the open position.

The cars affected by the recall are the 2007-to-2010 Camry, 2005-to-2010 Avalon, 2004-to-2009 Prius, 2005-to-2010 Tacoma, 2007-to-2010 Tundra, 2007-to-2010 Lexus ES350, and 2006-to-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350.

Toyota advises drivers of vehicles with stuck accelerators to shift into neutral, and then steer to the side of the road. The NHTSA is urging owners of the affected vehicles to remove driver-side floor mats until Toyota effects a solution.