Toyota has agreed to make a payment of $17.35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to settle claims related to the timeliness of its June 2012 recall to address the potential for accelerator pedal entrapment caused by unsecured or incompatible driver’s side floor mat in the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h, without admitting to any violation of its obligations under the U.S. Safety Act.
Ray Tanguay, chief quality officer of Toyota North America, stated: “Toyota is dedicated to the safety of our customers, and we continue to strengthen our data collection and evaluation process to ensure we are prepared to take swift action to meet customers’ needs. We agreed to this settlement in order to avoid a time-consuming dispute and to focus fully on our shared commitment with NHTSA to keep drivers safe.”
NHTSA Statement – 6/29/12:
Toyota Recall of MY 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 H vehicles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following statement regarding today’s recall of approximately 154,000 model year 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 H vehicles:
After carefully reviewing the available data—including both consumer complaints and information provided by the manufacturer—NHTSA requested that Toyota conduct an immediate recall of model year 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 H vehicles for a serious safety issue involving potential pedal entrapment by the floor mat. Based on its evaluation, the agency does not currently believe the issue involves additional vehicles beyond those indicated as part of the recall.
NHTSA approached Toyota regarding this issue late last month after the agency observed an increase in consumer complaints and other reports regarding pedal entrapment in these vehicles. When Toyota confirmed last week that it had received a significant volume of complaints on the same issue, NHTSA asked the manufacturer to conduct a recall. NHTSA is requesting additional documentation from the manufacturer and is considering opening an investigation into whether Toyota met its obligation to notify the agency and conduct a recall in a timely manner.
NHTSA urges consumers impacted by the recall to immediately remove the floor mat and have their vehicles serviced promptly. While NHTSA anticipates the remedy proposed by Toyota will address the problem, the agency will continue to monitor the issue and will take appropriate action as warranted.