If you own a Toyota or a Lexus, your floor mat or the floor carpet could inadvertently help you put the pedal to the metal.
Toyota has announced two recalls and has amended it's 2009 "Potential Floor Mat Interference Recall."
Altogether, more than 2 million vehicles are involved.
The company says the recalls are "voluntary," but the federal government says it requested that Toyota recall these additional vehicles after their investigation into Toyota's unintended acceleration problems.
From USA Today:
This should be the end of it, according to NHTSA administrator David Strickland. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reviewed more than 400,000 pages of Toyota documents to determine whether the scope of its recalls for pedal entrapment was sufficient. As a result of the agency's review, NHTSA asked Toyota to recall these additional vehicles, and now that the company has done so, our investigation is closed."
Here are the cars involved in the recalls and amended recalls:
- Lexus GS 300 - model year 2006 and early 2007
- Lexus GS 350 All-Wheel Drive - model year 2006 and early 2007
- Lexus RX 330 - model year 2004 through 2006 and early 2007
- Lexus RX 350 - model year 2004 through 2006 and early 2007
- Lexus RX 400h - model year 2004 through 2006 and early 2007
- Highlander - model year 2004 through 2006
- Highlander HV- model year 2004 through 2006
- 4Runners - model year 2003 through 2009
- Lexus LX 570 - model year 2008 through 2011
- RAV4 - model year 2006 through 2010
You can also check to see whether your car is recalled by entering your Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN on Toyota's website.
The company says Toyota and Lexus dealers will implement the new and amended recalls at no charge to the vehicle owners.
Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton is following this story and will have an update later today.