The Examiner.com has published an article about Toyota's recall of some vehicles due to an issue with the floor mat.
The recall was precipitated by the tragic death of a California Highway patrol officer and his family. Now the NHTSA and Toyota are doing everything they can to prevent further deaths or injuries related to the floor mat. Apparently, the design of the floor mat and the accelerator may result in the accelerator sticking in the fully open position. This would cause rapid acceleration and the possibility of a high speed collision.
Affected vehicles include the following Toyota and Lexus models:
2007-2010 ES 350
2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350
If you own or drive one of these vehicles, first remove the driver-side floor mat, then contact your local Toyota or Lexus dealer.
As a matter of fact, this is such a simple correction to such a serious problem, that you should get up from your computer now and go remove the floor mat from the driver's side and throw it in your trunk for the time being.
Do you know what to do if your accelerator sticks?
The first response is to stomp the accelerator one time to see if it resumes normal operation. If the driver can not "unstick" the accelerator, the next step is to put the transmission in neutral and get off the road as safely as possible. Once off the road, it is crucial for the driver to turn off the engine as quickly as possible to minimize damage caused by excessive RPMs.
In this case, the driver may have noticed that the pedal was stuck behind the floor mat. While the natural response may be to try to move the floor mat, this is not the safest response. Moving the floor mat requires the driver to take his attention from the road while the vehicle continues to increase in speed--a recipe for disaster.