More Lexus Models Recalled for Possible Pedal Entrapment
Lexus is recalling an additional 154,000 SUVs for potential floor mat pedal entrapment, which could lead to unintended acceleration. Lexus RX 350 and 450h models from the 2010 model year are affected by the recall, which is an extension of the 2009 recall that made headlines for its involvement of about 4.4 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles. According to Autoblog, about 7.8 million vehicles made by Toyota have been recalled for pedal entrapment.
Affected Lexus models were built from Nov. 28, 2008 to Sept. 1, 2010. “A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. If your 2010 Lexus RX is affected by the recall, Toyota will begin notifying you in August. You can also visit Lexus’ recalls page for more details. Lexus says that RX owners should take out any removable floor mats and go to the dealer as soon as possible. The dealer will replace the floor mat and possibly change or replace the accelerator pedal as well, free of charge. Anyone who experiences unintended acceleration while driving should shift to neutral and press the brake pedal before safely pulling to the side of the road, according to Lexus. Then, turn your engine off and remove the floor mats.
Toyota and Lexus sales likely won’t be seriously impacted by the recall, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sales have improved over last year, when the automaker was affected by the tsunami in Japan, as well as floods in Thailand. Plus, though the original unintended acceleration recalls made major headlines in 2009 and 2010, analysts didn’t see any lasting effects on sales. "People who were loyal to Toyota continued to be loyal to Toyota," Aaron D. Bragman, a senior analyst at IHS Automotive, told the L.A. Times.
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