Last month a California Highway Patrol Officer and three members of his family were tragically killed in a fiery crash moments after they had called 911 to report that the accelerator on their loaner Lexus was stuck. Reports were that the car was traveling at speeds over 100 mph. Now Toyota Motor Corp. has issued a recall for nearly 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to address a problem with removable floor mats that could cause the accelerator to get stuck.
This is not the first time that Toyota has heard these comlaints. In 2007, a recall was issued for all-weather floormats used in some 2007 and 2008 Lexus ES350 sedans. The car in this latest deadly crash was a 2009 Lexus 350 that the dealership had loaned to the family while their car was being serviced. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that it has received over 100 reports of incidents in which the accelerator may have become stuck in a Toyota or Lexus vehicle.