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Potential danger for some Toyota owners

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - About a month ago, in southern California, four people were killed when a Lexus hit another vehicle and an embankment at a high rate of speed. It is suspected that the floor mat, somehow, snagged the gas pedal, causing the vehicle to accelerate out of control.

This accident has sparked Toyota to look in to possible revisions on how the driver side floor mat is secured to the carpet.

"They have issued a safety advisory so that people will know to look for the issue. There is contemplation of a recall on certain vehicles, if they can come up with something that is better than consumer good practice," said Bob Rodgers with Lake Charles Toyota. 

Toyota is saying, if you own one of the following vehicles, they ask that you completely remove the floor mat from the driver side while they review  possible improvements to the design.

  • 2007 - 2010 Camry
  • 2005 - 2010 Avalon
  • 2004 - 2009 Prius
  • 2005 - 2010 Tacoma
  • 2007 - 2010 Tundra

"Take the driver side floor mat out of the vehicle, put is somewhere the consumer can get to it. It is a temporary assessment of the situation,' said Bob Rodgers with lake Charles Toyota.

Toyota and Lexus are ordering all dealerships to inspect floor mats, and also urge independent mechanics, vehicle owners, and even car wash attendants to make sure the mats are installed correctly.
Some local Toyota owners are said they have had no problems with their floor mats, and do not anticipate making any changes.

"If I thought there was any danger to it, I sure would, but like I said, I have had no problems," said Betty Fuller. 

"I don't think I have had any problems, as far as safety is concerned, with my floor mats. My mats will stay in my truck," said Blane Bourgeois. 

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