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Oxford Toyota reacts to national recall

Alex McDaniel

Oxford Toyota is encouraging its customers and other Toyota and Lexus owners to adhere to the corporation’s recent vehicle recall by removing the driver’s side floor mat from their vehicles.

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is recalling 3.8 million vehicles in the U.S. after discovering that removable floor mats in certain Toyota models could cause accelerators to stick and result in an accident, according to an official press release.

The recall will apply to many models within the Toyota line, including the Camry and the Prius.

Oxford Toyota Service Manager Sean Van Slyke said until Toyota launches a national safety campaign directly addressing the issue, the local dealership is asking Toyota and Lexus owners to remove the floor mats from the vehicles and to avoid replacing them with another type.

Van Slyke said Oxford Toyota is following suit with its own request by removing the floor mats from every vehicle on the lot.

He said it wasn’t necessary to return any of the vehicles at this time.

“This (recall) doesn’t put any vehicle out of service,” he said.

The models affected by the recall include the Camry (2007-2010), the Avalon 2005-2010), the Prius (2004-2009), the Tacoma (2005-2010) and the Tundra (2007-2010).

The recall was prompted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after it discovered reports of 102 incidents involving Toyota vehicles in which the accelerator may have become stuck, according to an Associated Press article.

Although it could not be determined how many of those incidents resulted in crashes, the NHTSA began looking into the matter in August 2009 after a
Lexus crashed in California after the driver lost control of the vehicle, the article said.

Toyota is urging drivers to be cautious in the event that the accelerator begins to stick while the vehicle is in motion by checking to see if a floor mat is lodged
underneath the pedal and trying to remove it.

If the mat cannot be removed, drivers are advised to step on the brake with both feet until the vehicle slows down enough to be put in neutral so the ignition can
be switched to accessory power.

Additional information concerning the recall and recommended safety precautions can be found on the Toyota Web site.