said it would recall about 2.3 million vehicles in the U.S. to correct "sticking accelerator pedals."
Toyota said the action is separate from a previous and ongoing recall of about 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to fix acceleration problems caused by out of place floor mats. Toyota said about 1.7 million cars are subject to both recall actions.
"In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats," said Irv Miller, Toyota Group vice president. "Our investigation indicates that there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. Consistent with our commitment to the safety of our cars and our customers, we have initiated this voluntary recall action."
Toyota said it will continue to investigate incidents of unwanted acceleration and "take appropriate measures to address any trends that are identified."
Toyota's previous recall, in November, was blamed for several accidents, including a crash that killed four people in San Diego. It was the sixth-largest recall ever in the U.S., according to the
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