Toyota announced this morning that they will be recalling and replacing more than 4 million gas pedals in the United States. The recall was prompted by several major accidents involving the accelerators getting stuck in the floor mats.
The recall includes the following Toyota Models:
- 2007-10 Toyota Camry
- 2005-10 Toyota Avalon
- 2004-09 Prius
- 2005-10 Toyota Tacoma
- 2007-10 Toyota Tundra
- 2007-10 Lexus ES350
- 2006-10 Lexus IS250/350.
In August of this year, a fatal accident involving a California Highway Patrol officer and his family prompted an immediate investigation into the possibilities of a defective gas pedal in Toyota cars. This particular crash involved a 2009 Lexus ES350 where the accelerator was stuck. The car couldn’t be stopped and reached speed of 120mph just before striking an embankment, rolling over and bursting into flames.
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