It looks like Toyota can't put the brakes on a serious safety issue that seriously damaged the automaker's reputation over the past three years.
This time the Japanese company is recalling 154,000 Lexus SUVs because of the risk of accelerator pedals getting trapped by floor mats.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted the recall of 2010 Lexus RX 350's and RX 450 H vehicles, saying it asked the company to recall the SUVs after seeing consumer complaints spike and reviewing safety information provided by Toyota.
Problem Sparked Massive Recall
While the number of affected vehicles is small this time, floor mats were part of the unintended acceleration issue that eventually affected millions of Toyota vehicles and tarnished the automaker's sterling reputation for quality. In 2009-2010, some 10 million Toyota vehicles were recalled as NHTSA and the automaker researched potential problems with floor mats and sticky pedals.
Eventually, pedals and mats were replaced in the recalled vehicles and software was installed to ensure that if the accelerator and brake were pushed simultaneously, the brake command would override the accelerator.
Advice For Drivers
Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging consumers impacted by the recall to immediately remove the floor mat and have their vehicles serviced promptly. It expects the solution that eventually solved the problem before, will also work in this case.