Toyota recalls 2.2 million U.S. models for carpet, mat flaws

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Toyota Motor Corp. said it’s recalling 2.17 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S. for carpet and floor-mat flaws that could jam the gas pedal, the company’s biggest such announcement in a year.

The action includes 1.38 million vehicles being added to the company’s November 2009 recall to fix floor mats that could shift out of position, Toyota said today in a statement.

The vehicles in that expanded recall include 603,000 model 2003 through 2009 4Runner sport-utility vehicles, 761,000 model 2006 through 2010 RAV4 SUVs and 17,000 model 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX SUVs.

Toyota is also recalling 769,000 model 2004 through early 2007 Highlander, Highlander Hybrid and 2004 through 2006 Lexus RX330, RX350 and RX400h SUVs to replace driver’s side floor- carpet covers and retention clips. About 20,000 model 2006 through early 2007 Lexus GS sedans are being recalled to adjust the shape of the plastic pad in the driver’s side carpet. In each case, carpet could shift and potentially interfere with the accelerator.

Full story: Toyota Recalls 2.2 Million U.S. Models for Carpet, Mat Flaws – Businessweek