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Toyota Recall Tops 5.3 Million

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Toyota’s recall list continues to grow, with the total number of vehicles affected by two
recalls involving gas pedals swelling to at least 5.3 million. The latest addition to the
recalls was announced January 27th, with 1.1 million vehicles added to the 4.2 million
originally recalled in November to fix a problem in which the gas pedal can become caught
on the edge of the removable floormat, causing the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably.
Additionally, a separate recall of 2.3 million vehicles announced last week, involving
accelerator pedals that can stick on their own, is being expanded to include an undisclosed
number of vehicles in Europe. The vehicles being added to the floormat-related recall are
the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010
Matrix, 2009-2010 and the Pontiac Vibe, which is included in the recall because the Vibe
and Toyota’s Matrix are similar vehicles produced under a partnership between the two
companies. The vehicles originally included in the floormat-related recall were the
2007-2010 Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010
and the 2007-2010 Lexus ES350, 2006-2010 IS250 and the 2006-2010 IS350.
Most, but not all, of the vehicles involved in the stuck pedal recall are also involved in
the other recall. They are the 2009-2010 Toyota RAV4, Corolla and Matrix
and the Pontiac Vibe; the 2005-2010 Avalon; 2010 Highlander; 2007-2010 Tundra and the
2008-2010 Sequoia; and some 2007-2010 Camrys. Toyota has been working with
its pedal supplier and is close to having a new pedal design ready for approval by
regulators, said a Toyota spokesman. Owners who experience sticking or slowness in the
movement of their car’s gas pedal should stop driving the car and call a Toyota dealer
immediately. The stuck-pedal recall is also being expanded to Europe. The numbers of
vehicles involved in the European recall is not yet known.

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