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Toyota announced that it’s going to expand its recall of floor mats to include nearly 2.2 million more Lexus and Toyota vehicles in the U.S.

The RAV4 crossovers have the largest percent of the recall, some 761,000 vehicles for model years 2006 to 2010. Other vehicles: 600,000 2009 4-Runner sport-utility vehicles; about 17,000 Lexus LX 570s from the 2008 to 2011 model years;

Additionally, Toyota said it was recalling about 372,000 Lexus RX 330, RX 350 and and RX 400h (hybrid) models from the 2004 to early 2007 model years, along with 397,000 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles from 2004 through 2006 to replace driver’s side floor mats and two accompanying retention clips.

David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the agency asked Toyota to recall more models after reviewing more than 400,000 pages of company documents.

“Now that the company has done so, our investigation is closed,” Strickland said.

The additional recalls covered several Toyota and Lexus models and renewed questions about quality at the world’s largest automaker and its ability to shake the stubborn safety crisis that has undermined sales and tarnished its brand.
The Japanese carmaker has already recalled more than 12 million vehicles worldwide since 2009 to fix a range of mechanical and electronic problems including floor-mat interference.

If your vehicle’s on the recall list, you don’t have to do anything yet. Watch your mail for a notice that will come, probably within the next one to two months, with details about what needs to be done to your accelerator or floor mats or both to fix the potential problem.