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Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Cars

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Posted on Sep 29, 2009
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Toyota has announced a recall of eight U.S. models, including the 2004-2009 Prius. A problem with floor mats has reportedly caused the deaths of five people so far. The BBC calculates the cost of the recall at two years’ worth of U.S. sales for the automaker.

Toyota’s explanation of the problem—including advice for avoiding calamity—can be found here—PS

BBC:

The problem is with loose floormats, which may cause the accelerator pedal to stick.

The problem affects eight models of Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks in the US, where owners have been told to remove floormats on the driver’s side.

The US government said it had received reports of 100 related incidents that involved 17 crashes and five deaths.

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By Discount New Cars UK, October 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment

What a disaster for Toyota. Still it’s not akin to exploding gas tanks, or cars prone to flipping over. Watching those congressmen berate the Toyota executives on Capitol Hill was just disgraceful. Sure mistakes were made and lives were lost but the way those politicians hammed it up for the TV cameras, making sure they were seen to be ruthlessly vindictive against those ‘foreign-types’ who took American jobs was just nauseating.

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By reagd, January 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment

I never thought that it’s “really” possible for floor mats that seriously. I think there’s a special for this like the mr gasket accelerator pedal.

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By Chris R, September 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment
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when floor mats attack!!!

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