Runaway Toyota Safety Issues and Information

    NHTSA 110409 Wednesday, November 04, 2009 Karen Aldana Telephone: (202) 366-9550

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a statement today correcting inaccurate and
    misleading information put out by Toyota concerning a safety recall involving 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles:

    A press release put out by Toyota earlier this week about their recall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles
    inaccurately stated NHTSA had reached a conclusion "that no defect exists in vehicles in which the driver's floor
    mat is compatible with the vehicle and properly secured." NHTSA has told Toyota and consumers that removing the
    recalled floor mats is the most immediate way to address the safety risk and avoid the possibility of the accelerator
    becoming stuck. But it is simply an interim measure. This remedy does not correct the underlying defect in the
    vehicles involving the potential for entrapment of the accelerator by floor mats, which is related to accelerator and
    floor pan design. Safety is the number one priority for NHTSA and this is why officials are working with Toyota to
    find the right way to fix this very dangerous problem. This matter is not closed until Toyota has effectively
    addressed the defect by providing a suitable vehicle based solution.

    NHTSA constantly monitors consumer complaints and other data. This comprehensive recall focuses on pedal
    entrapment by floor mats, but NHTSA will fully investigate any possible defect trends in these vehicles.

    TIMELINE OF EVENTS * On September 29, 2009, NHTSA issued a Consumer Alert warning owners of Toyota and
    Lexus vehicles about "conditions that could cause the accelerator to get stuck open." As an interim measure,
    NHTSA "strongly encouraged" owners of specific models to take out the removable driver's side floor mats and not
    to replace them any other type of mat. NHTSA warned consumers "a stuck accelerator may result in very high
    vehicle speeds and a crash, which could cause serious injury or death." * On the same day, Toyota issued a
    voluntary recall of 3.8 million vehicles to address problems caused when removable floor mats push the accelerator
    pedal to the floor. * NHTSA officials are meeting with Toyota to hear their action plan for redesigning the vehicles
    and correcting this very serious defect.

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