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is conducting a voluntary recall of about 2.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S. due to unintended acceleration issues. The automaker is looking to fix carpet and floor mats that could shift out of position and interfere with the gas pedal.
Toyota announced it is recalling about 17,000 Lexus LX 570 vehicles.
Toyota announced it is recalling about 20,000 of 2006 and early 2007 model year GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel drive vehicles in order to modify the floor carpet on the driver's side.
"There is a possibility that the plastic pad embedded into the floor carpet may interfere with the operation of the accelerator pedal," Toyota said in a press release on Thursday. "If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may become temporarily stuck in a partially depressed position rather than returning to the idle position."
Toyota's recall also affects about 372,000 RX model vehicles, and about 397,000 Highlander vehicles, due to a similar issue with the driver's side floor carpet cover and its two retention clips.
Separately, Toyota added three models to its recall from November 2009 to address a possible unsecured floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal. The models added include about 603,000 4Runner vehicles, 17,000 Lexus LX 570 and 761,000 RAV4 vehicle models.
Toyota said that owners of the involved recalled vehicles will be notified in the near future.
Toyota has been dealing with reports of involuntary acceleration in its vehicles for over a year now. This issue resulted in the recall of hundreds of thousands of cars in 2010 to fix or replace floor mats that can cause the accelerator pedals to stick.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Department and NASA released the findings of a 10-month probe into Toyota's long list of safety recalls. The review examined whether electronics or possibly electromagnetic interference played any part in the Japanese automaker's recalls, but it found no electronic causes.
The U.S. government reported that the sudden and unintentional acceleration in Toyota vehicles resulted from mechanical flaws rather than electronic defects.
--Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.
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