The Throttle May Stick Open
Drive Train, December 27, 2005
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Our Quick Take:
The throttle may stick open as a result of the gas pedal contacting the plastic pad in the carpet of the driver's foot well.
What Should You Do?
Lexus will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning December 27, 2005. If you are experiencing the throttle sticking, a higher than normal engine idle, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.
The accelerator pedal may temporarily become stuck in the partially depressed position due to inadequate clearance between the accelerator pedal linkage and a plastic pad embedded in the driver's foot well carpet. As a result, the engine may not return to its idle speed as expected, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the clearance of the accelerator pedal and carpet, replace the pedal with a revised assembly, and modify the carpet to correct this concern. The Lexus recall number is 5LC.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
December 27, 2005
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
Potential Number of Units Affected:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY TEMPORARILY BECOME STUCK IN THE PARTIALLY DEPRESSED POSITION DUE TO INADEQUATE CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL LINKAGE AND A PLASTIC PAD EMBEDDED INTO THE VEHICLE'S CARPET.
THIS CONDITION MAY INTERFERE WITH THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL RETURNING TO THE IDLE POSITION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE CLEARANCE OF THE ACCELERATION PEDAL AND CARPET, REPLACE THE PEDAL ASSEMBLY WITH A REVISED ASSEMBLY, AND MODIFY THE CARPET FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 27, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
LEXUS RECALL NO. 5LC.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration