Back in 2009 Toyota began recalling vehicles for pedal entrapment issues and it looks as if this recall has now affected around 150,000 Lexus RX Crossovers and could be a nightmare for Toyota. They are still dealing with various lawsuits and aftermath from the 2009 recalls and this latest news is not going to help them. The new recalls are for 2010 models of the Lexus RX 350 Crossover and 2010 Lexus 450h Crossover. Specifically, the Toyota statement says these vehicles are being recalled for “unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal.” The breakdown is 131,800 Lexus RX 350 and 22,200 Lexus RX 450h vehicles. This makes the total number of recalls for this issue for the various Toyota models set to about 7.8 million vehicles.
Before the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contacted Toyota about the issue because of the large amount of consumer complaints and other reports they were receiving about the pedal entrapment in the vehicles. There have been a small number of injuries caused from this problem. Toyota confirmed to them that they too had been getting a large number of complaints about the same issue. Because of this the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking Toyota to conduct a recall to fix the pedal entrapment problem. They are also requesting additional information from Toyota in consideration of opening an investigation to determine whether Toyota notified the agency and conducted the necessary recall in a timely manner.
Lexus RX 350 Crossover and 2010 Lexus 450h Crossover owners who may have faulty vehicles will get a letter in the mail sometime in August asking them to take their models into an official Lexus dealership for repairs, at no charge of course. In the meantime, you can learn more about the recall at www.lexus.com/recall or call Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-255-3987.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120629/AUTO0104/206290412#ixzz1zST63d58