It seems that the recall problem would continue to plague the world’s largest car maker, Toyota Motor Corporation. No sooner had the dust settled down on the unintended acceleration from Toyota vehicles, there comes the news again that the Japanese car maker has recalled about 2.2 million vehicles last night giving the same reason that these vehicles need to have their floor mat design modified. The floor mat is said to get the accelerator pedal stuck, resulting in accidents.
This recall came after the NHTSA administrator David Strickland openly admitted that NHTSA has reviewed about 40,000 pages of documents from Toyota and now it seems that the recall is inevitable or else it would be worth risking many more lives. The current vehicles which are affected by the recall are 761,000 RAV4s from the year 2006 to 2010, 397,000 Toyota Highlanders from the year 2004 – 2006, 372,000 Lexus RXs from the year 2006 to 2007, 603,000 Toyota 4Runners from the year 2003 to 2009, 17,000 Lexus Lxs from 2009 – 2011 and 20,000 Lexus GS vehicles from 2006-2007. NHTSA also clarified that the issue is only with the floor mats and not with any other electronic aids from the car’s accelerator pedal. This ends the speculation that Toyota is trying to hide its manufacturing defects by citing issues about the floor mats. How adversely this would affect Toyota’s sales prospects remain to be seen.