Toyota:  Details of Remedy to Address Potential Accelerator Pedal Entrapment image

Toyota announced today details of the vehicle-based remedy to address the root cause of the potential risk for floor mat entrapment of accelerator pedals in certain Toyota and Lexus models. Toyota issued a consumer safety advisory on September 29 on this issue and has, as an interim measure, commenced the mailing of safety notices to certain Toyota and Lexus owners on October 30.

The models involved are: 2007 to 2010 MY (model year) Camry, 2005 to 2010 MY Avalon, 2004 to 2009 MY Prius, 2005 to 2010 MY Tacoma, 2007 to 2010 MY Tundra, 2007 to 2010 MY ES350, 2006 to 2010 MY IS250, and 2006 to 2010 MY IS 350.

The specific measures of the vehicle-based remedy are as follows:

1. The shape of the accelerator pedal will be reconfigured to address the
risk of floor mat entrapment, even when an older-design all-weather
floor mat or other inappropriate floor mat is improperly attached, or
is placed on top of another floor mat. For the ES350, Camry, and Avalon
models involved, the shape of the floor surface underneath will also be
reconfigured to increase the space between the accelerator pedal and
the floor.
2. Vehicles with any genuine Toyota or Lexus accessory all-weather floor
mat will be provided with newly-designed replacement driver- and front
passenger-side all-weather floor mats.

In addition, as a separate measure independent of the vehicle-based remedy, Toyota will install a brake override system onto the involved Camry, Avalon, and Lexus ES350, IS350 and IS250 models as an extra measure of confidence. This system cuts engine power in case of simultaneous application of both the accelerator and brake pedals.