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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