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Toyota Accelerator Pedal & Floor Mat Recalls

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Important, if you feel your vehicle has this unintended acceleration issue:

If you have noticed any of the following: Your accelerator pedal is harder than normal to depress, not smooth during operation, or slow to return after being depressed the vehicle should be stopped at the nearest safe location, the engine shut off, and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance.

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The Recalls:

Toyota has issued two recalls recently related to "unintended" acceleration. They have identified two completely separate issues causing these complaints. The first recall is related to the drivers side floor mat contacting the accelerator pedal resulting in the pedal not returning properly to its rest position. The second recall is related to the accelerator pedal itself sticking due to a binding condition. While these recalls are completely separate the following vehicles are involved in both:

If your vehicle is involved in one or both of these recalls you should be contacted by Toyota when repair parts and procedures are in place for your vehicle. If you are not contacted by Toyota in a timely fashion or are experiencing a problem related to either of these recalls you should contact your local Toyota dealer.

For more information on these recalls and what they mean to you please look over the following information.


Accelerator pedal recall:

Vehicles involved:

Highlander and Camry hybrids are not involved. Neither are Camry, Corolla, Highlander, or RAV4 models with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) beginning with the letter "J".

Owners of vehicles involved in this recall should be notified by Toyota when parts are available to complete the necessary accelerator repairs.

What to look out for:
If you have noticed any of the following: Your accelerator pedal is harder than normal to depress, not smooth during operation, or slow to return after being depressed the vehicle should be stopped at the nearest safe location, the engine shut off, and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance.

If your accelerator pedal sticks while driving:

  • Circumstance may vary, and drivers must use their own judgment, but Toyota recommends taking one of the following actions:
  • If you need to stop immediately, the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal using firm and steady pressure, use both feet if necessary to gain control. Do not pump the brake pedal.
  • Shift the transmission into Neutral (N) and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine. If you are unable to put the transmission in Neutral, turn the engine OFF. While this will not cause loss of steering or braking control, those controls will loose their power assist and become much more difficult to operate. You can safely turn the engine off as follows:  If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel. If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button.

How will Toyota fix my problem?
Toyota has developed a fix that is both effective and simple. A specifically selected steel reinforcement bar will be installed into the accelerator pedal assembly, eliminating the friction that has caused pedals to stick in some cases.

How does Toyota know this solution will be effective?
They have confirmed the effectiveness of the reinforced pedals through rigorous testing on pedal assemblies that had previously shown a tendency to stick.

What is the problem that could cause accelerators to stick in the first place?
The issue involves a friction device in the pedal designed to provide the proper “feel” by adding resistance and making the pedal steady and stable. This friction device includes a “shoe” that rubs against an adjoining surface during normal pedal operation. Due to the materials used, wear and environmental conditions, these surfaces may, over time, begin to stick and release instead of operating smoothly.


Floor mat recall:

To address the risk of floor mat contact with the accelerator pedals in certain models, Toyota is conducting a safety recall.

Vehicles involved in the floor mat recall include:

What you should do if this recall applies to your vehicle:

  • Take out any removable driver's floor mat. do not replace it with any other floor mat until having the recall performed.
  • After you receive a notification from Toyota that the recall remedy for your vehicle is available, you should contact your local authorized Toyota dealer.

What Toyota will do to solve the problem:
The shape of the accelerator pedal will be modified to address the risk of floor mat contact. For the Camry and Avalon models involved, the shape of the floor surface underneath will also be modified to increase the space between the accelerator pedal and the floor.

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