Monday, November 30, 2009

Toyota-Lexus Recall...Or Not

The controversy over the Toyota and Lexus floor mats continues.

We happen to own one of the models that is under investigation, a 2006 IS-250. Several things about this are bothering me.

The only thing we have received in the mail, is a letter asking us to remove the driver's side floor mat. No offer to replace the floor mat......
Click here for a copy of the notice

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called their floor mat statement "Inaccurate and Misleading" Why? Because the NHTSA believes that there is a defect in the cars, after an incident that killed a family of four that could not stop an accelerating Lexus.

This past Monday Toyota released a statement denying any finding of fault on Toyota's part or any defect in its cars in relation to the deadly floor mat safety advisory issued in late September. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is saying that Toyota's information is "inaccurate and misleading" and that there is in fact a defect in the 3.8 million cars affected.
Click here for full story

Still nothing from Toyota/Lexus in response to this...... So are we safe or not????


Anonymous said...

Actually there has been a response, last week:

On November 25, 2009, the full remedy to address the 'defect' (pedal design could allow mats to be stuck) was announced, involving shaving the accelerator pedal, plus removing the padding underneath it, installing new pedals, and a brake override system.

The NHTSA also acknowledged that they consider this a 'vehicle-based remedy' for the 'underlying defect' that allows mats to get trapped. What they called inaccurate was Toyota's focus on the floor mats only; NHTSA believes the pedal design allows the mat to get jammed too easily. Hence now the expanded recall notice.

So I guess you will be getting a replacement floor mat in the future, if your vehicle is equipped with the all-weather mats. Hope this helps!

maaydaay said...

It does help, I hadn't seen that Thanks!