Next week, Toyota will issue the biggest U.S. recall in its history.
Not engine problems, not transmission failures… but floormats that don’t quite fit just right.
Granted, those floormats can interfere with the accelerator pedal and cause uncontrolled pedal-to-the-metal acceleration, but still the flaw is in the floormat.
As far as serious issues go, this one’s about as minor as it gets. The fix? Take out the driver’s side floormat. I’m guessing there won’t be a flood of appointments at Toyota service departments on this one.
Let’s compare Toyota’s latest recall with some other recalls this year:
In April, GM recalled 1.5 million vehicles because of the possibility of engine fires.
In February, Chrysler recalled 13,350 minivans for risk of fire in an electrical circuit.
Also in February, Ford recalled over 11,000 2009 Rangers because the wheels could fall off.
Toyota had some bad floormats.
If anyone questions Toyota’s quality these days, I’m thinking a quick look at this should be convincing enough to prove that the company is still building the most reliable cars on the road.
The models affected are:
2007-2010 ES 350
2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350
Now, in all seriousness, should you ever encounter a stuck accelerator pedal, Toyota provided some suggestions on what to do:
First, if it is possible and safe to do so, pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the accelerator pedal; then pull over and stop the vehicle.
If the floor mat cannot be dislodged, then firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do NOT pump the brake pedal repeatedly as this will increase the effort required to slow the vehicle.
Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
What company do you think builds the most reliable cars? If you own a Toyota vehicle that’s part of the recall, have you ever experienced a stuck accelerator?