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Toyota expands unintended acceleration recall, adding 154k Lexus SUVs

It has been a long time since anyone has talked about the massive Toyota recalls from 2009 that were designed to help prevent “unintended acceleration” but today Toyota announced that they were expanding that original recall, now calling back the 2010 Lexus RX350 and RX450h to address the same floor mat issue that was among one of the causes of unintended acceleration a few years back.

Toyota’s statement today was short and sweet, plainly explaining that Toyota Motor Sales was once again amending the 2009 recall order - this time adding the 2010 Lexus RX350 and the 2010 Lexus RX450h – with 131,800 examples of the RX350 being included alongside 22,200 hybrid Lexus sport utility vehicles. Owners of these 154,000+ Lexus vehicles will be notified in early August to return to their local dealership where a technician will “remedy the involved vehicles”. No details have been offered as to how Toyota plans to fix the problem but it likely includes new floor mats, new retaining clips, or both.

Since the NHTSA had basically moved on from the unintended acceleration investigations with Toyota, it comes as a bit of a surprise for the Japanese automaker who has worked so hard to move past that to bring the topic back up. Some would say that this is a sign of Toyota being proactive and recalling a vehicle based on the mere chance of a problem but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration isn’t quite as appreciative as you would think.

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