Lexus ES & IS to be Recalled over Floor Mats

Lexus ES 350 Floor Mat

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recommendation that 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350 & 2006-2010 Lexus IS 250/IS350 owners remove their drivers side floor mat, which may cause the accelerator to become stuck open under certain conditions:

“This is an urgent matter,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “For everyone’s sake, we strongly urge owners of these vehicles to remove mats or other obstacles that could lead to unintended acceleration.”

NHTSA notes that there continue to be reports of accelerator pedal clearance issues which provide the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position. A stuck accelerator may result in very high vehicle speeds and a crash, which could cause serious injury or death.

NHTSA said that Toyota has announced that it will soon launch a safety recall of various model year vehicles to redress the problem. However the safety agency warned owners to remove all driver-side floor mats from the models listed below immediately as an interim safety measure in advance of the recall.

For more information, consumers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Hotline at 888-327-4236 or the Toyota Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or the Lexus Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-255-3987. Information from Toyota is also posted at and

The recall, expected some time next week, will affect 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. The estimated total vehicles numbers 3.8 million.

Update: If you’re the owner of one of the vehicles affected, Toyota has published a document showing the exact issue and the best way to test your vehicle.

[Source: NHTSA & Huffington Post]



  1. o’ no

    not good for toyota

    bad things happens in the recovering time

  2. LEXUSaddict Will be LFAaddict Soon

    another one….now i have to flip over this cause of my mom’s IS

  3. I imagine the expense of replacing 3.8 million floor mats would be exceptional. I wonder how this will be dealt with. Better carpet hooks?

  4. LOL, this could onely happen in the US!! LOL

  5. Those carpet hooks really annoy me, and they’re awkwardly durable. It’s something I really want chromed.

    Sigh… looks like Toyota’s stocks are gonna take another big dive. China’s BYD is just soaring - everyone really have faith in BYD surpassing Toyota by 2025 - best of luck to Warren Buffet.

  6. The undersurface of the floor mats could be made grippier in addition to the clips. This is not an issue in my GS300 with the original carpeted floor mats.

  7. The latest recall is not good for Lexus or Toyota however it makes no difference to the fact that Lexus arguably engineers the highest quality, most reliable / dependable luxury cars that can be purchased anywhere in the world today.

    Considering the fact that Lexus has either ranked No.1 or amoung the highest performers of all in each and every Quality / Customer Satisfaction Survey published in recent years wether it be North America, Europe, Asia or even here in Australia is pretty much enough evidance to suggest my opinion is either ‘on the ball’ or not far from.

  8. Considering the level of danger involved in this problem, it’s still pretty darn scary. At least that’s something we can learn and never do in the future.

  9. this was an issue with a dealer installing the incorrect mats in a loaner vehicle… now the whole fleet is affected… recalling that dealer’s license would be a better solution…

  10. I second that.