Toyota has expanded a recall over floormats to nearly 2.2 million vehicles. It said there is a risk that the carpet on the driver’s side could come loose and trap the accelerator pedal.
The massive recall comes just a couple of weeks after a US government investigation concluded that unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles was not caused by faulty electronics – a victory for the carmaker as previous recalls had hurt its image.
A $1.5 million dollar probe by NASA found that driver error appeared to be responsible for all the crashes.
Toyota added nearly 1.4 million vehicles in the United States to its floormat recall, including 761,000 RAV4 crossovers for the model years 2006 through 2010.
The other vehicles affected were 603,000 4Runner crossovers for the model years 2003 through 2009 and about 17,000 Lexus LX 570 vehicles for the model years 2008 through 2011.
A Toyota spokesman said these vehicles were recalled because the design of the floormats was similar to models recalled in late 2009.