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Sep 30, 2009 7:42 AM by sleonard

Toyota Floor Mats Could Interfere with Accelerator

 WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is warning owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles about safety problems linked to removable floor mats. They say the mats could interfere with the vehicle's accelerator and cause a crash.
      The Transportation Department says owners should take out the floor mats on the driver's side and not replace them. A large vehicle recall is expected later Tuesday.
      Toyota did not immediately comment.
      The consumer alert affects 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350.
      Toyota ordered dealers to inspect their cars for mismatched floor mats after a mat was suspected of snagging a gas pedal on a runaway Lexus in California. The August crash killed four family members.
     
      (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
       AP-NY-09-29-09 1558EDT

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