Lexus Temporary Safety Recall Solution Announced

Lexus Floor Mat

A temporary solution to the ongoing safety recall affecting the Lexus ES 350 & IS 250/350 has been announced—according to Automotive News, zip ties will be used to hold down the floor mats until a permanent solution is ready:

“We have reviewed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration what we’re calling a semipermanent floor mat installation process, and we’re providing these instructions to our dealers,” Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons says.

“This allows dealers to continue selling and delivering both new and used vehicles.”

He says the mats are to be secured to the driver’s seat frame with nylon self-locking wire ties, described as plastic straps that loop back into themselves and lock when pulled tight.

Again, the affected models are:

  • 2007-2010 ES 350
  • 2006-2010 IS 250/IS 350

Dealers have received the recall info, and Lexus will likely begin contacting owners shortly.


As an aside—I respect that what happened in California was a tragedy, it’s important to note that it was due to an improper set of floor mats, not the standard equipment ES 350 floor mats.

That said, should unintended acceleration ever happen to you, no matter what car you’re in:

  1. First, if it is possible and safe to do so, pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the accelerator pedal; then pull over and stop the vehicle.
  2. If the floor mat cannot be dislodged, then firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do NOT pump the brake pedal repeatedly as this will increase the effort required to slow the vehicle.
  3. Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
  4. If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF, or to ACC. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.
  5. If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button.
  6. If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel.

Update: It wasn’t clear from the Automotive News coverage, but this zip tie solution is only temporary until a permanent solution is ready. Whew!

[Source: Automotive News & Toyota]



  1. My IS300’s floor mats have little hooks that secure it to the carpet, so it will never move around. I’ve never understood why I don’t see that on other mats…

  2. agreed. they should at least make the hooks under the floor mat if they don’t want em to appear

  3. Why are the vehicles equipped with rubber mats in the first place, a Lexus (the luxury vehicle that it is) should have carpet mats, and I agree my 2006 ES 330 also has the little hooks.  The same should be in the newer models.  Glad this mention how to turn off the engine start/stop button on the newer models, because this was a concern to me in light of the recent incident and I’m due for a 2010 model very soon and planning on another ES.

  4. The standard equipment is carpeted mats.  The rubber mats are the ‘All-Weather’ accessory OEM mats which are purchased separately…they need to be installed properly or there is a safety hazard (for sure, not on top of the carpeted mats!).

  5. Some of us want all-weather floormats for those crazy adventures. I personally am the sort of person who would have carpets and all-weather floormats.

  6. This is not the recall.  This is an optional interlude before the recall until they are able to announce it.

  7. @Alex: Thank you for this clarification. It wasn’t clear from anything I read, but I figured it was only a temporary solution.

    So far I’ve read the permanent solution may be a software upgrade that allows the brake to over ride the gas pedal. Would be a much nicer solution than zip ties.

  8. BMW’s system, if working, must be great. All Bimmers from recent years have brakes that can override the accelerator, but no journalist seemed to have a problem during toe-heeling and burnouts - the computer really can tell the difference between intentional and accidental. I’m amazed how smart computers have become nowadays. The Caddies with engine cylinder deactivation and Buicks with GPS from a few decades ago were utterly useless, but computers from then were useless too.

    Now with better technology, I’m afraid auto companies might continue their monopoly over customers - being the only ones truly certified to give a vehicle a thorough maintenance, dump out the stupid waste collectors of clean diesels, etc.

  9. Is it possible to request luxury, top of the line type zip ties?

  10. Will this allso effect lexus is 220d!?

  11. @Joacim: According to Lexus GB, the IS 220d and all Lexus models in Europe are not affected:

    In addition, the temporary recall solution discussed here has been replaced by a permanent fix, which is discussed here:

    Comments can be directed to that post for more updated information.