It’s the engineering gift that won’t stop giving: Lexus announced today that it will expand a recall effort first launched back in 2009.
To combat reports of unintended acceleration, Lexus recalled the IS and ES sedans because the accelerator pedal could stick to the floor mats. (Toyota also recalled many of its vehicles at the same time.) Then in 2011, that recall was expanded to cover the LX570, GS, and 2004-2007 Lexus RX. Today’s announcement further expands the recall to the 2010 RX350 and RX450h.
2010 Lexus RX350 and RX350h
The Problem: Toyota and Lexus discovered in 2009 that the accelerator pedal in certain cars could interfere with the floor mats. That potentially means the accelerator would be held open, causing the “unintended acceleration” events that made news headlines three years ago.
The Fix: Lexus will replace or reshape the accelerator pedal in affected vehicles, and replace the floor mats, in order to prevent any interference between the two. Recall notices will be sent to owners in August.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 131,800 2010 Lexus RX350 models, 22,200 2010 Lexus RX450h models.