Lexus ES 350 & IS 250/350 Recall Extended to Canada

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The Lexus ES 350 & IS 250/350 safety recall that was announced in the USA has been extended to Canada.

The recall will address the possible risk of unintended acceleration due to improperly installed floor mats by installing a new accelerator pedal and by installing a brake override system that will cut engine power went both the accelerator and brake pedals are pressed simultaneously. From the Canadian Press:

“There is no risk of accelerator pedal entrapment when compatible Toyota and Lexus Canadian-designed all-weather floor mats are properly used in the affected models as they are different in design and material composition from the Toyota-supplied mats in the U.S.,” the company said.

“Properly installed and secured compatible carpet floor mats also do not give rise to pedal entrapment.”

However the company said it will still make changes to the gas pedals and floors of some of its vehicles and install a brake override system on some.

The vehicles affected include the 2007-2010 Camry, Tundra truck and Lexus ES350 vehicles. The 2005-2010 Tacoma and Avalon models, 2004-2009 Prius cars and 2006-2010 Lexus IS 350 and IS350 models are also affected.

In a situation unique to Canada, the company recommended Toyota Venza owners take out any Toyota-brand drivers’ side all-weather floor mats.

If you are a Lexus ES 350 or IS 250/350 owner in Canada, you can read the official Toyota Canada press release for more information.

[Source: The Canadian Press]



  1. @WorldofLuxury: weird… there is a big error in the graph shown in the video

  2. It’s a good thing that the recall is done in the US and Canada, as both markets are the ones which receive the all-weather mats.  However, ABC News and the LA Times are being alarmist in their reporting, by suggesting that there is an electronic component when so far the NHTSA investigations have concluded otherwise.  They cite owner reports claiming the car accelerated all by themselves, it’s like 60 Minutes and the Audi story all over again—-but there it turned out the flaw was simply the pedals too close together.  Here the NHTSA has found that the pedal is too close to the floor, so that if a mat creeps underneath, it can get stuck and not easily removed.  Which is why the shaving of the accelerator and the new mats is a good idea. But people reading those articles can get a confused impression, and start envisioning electronic gremlins when buried in the text is the incorrect floor mat type and floor mat placement central issue.

  3. @Dan:
    I hope this is true…
    And this one is from Fox.

    I really hate what this “Green Scare” has done to our world. Efficiency we need; clean environments we need; radicals we don’t need.

  4. WorldofLuxury:@Dan:
    I hope this is true…
    And this one is from Fox.

    I really hate what this "Green Scare" has done to our world. Efficiency we need; clean environments we need; radicals we don't need.

    Whoops… not fox. My bad.

  5. @Dan:
    Now this is Fox News.
    I hope that this was all a fraud! I really hate what this "Green Scare" has done to our world - politically and economically. Efficiency we need; clean environments we need; radicals we don't need.

  6. Well the issues of climate change and the environment get into a whole other area, public policy and otherwise…

    Back to the topic, my point remains that the central issue is the pedal shape and the floor mat design, both the NHTSA and Toyota have highlighted this, with the NHTSA placing equal emphasis on both, while initially Toyota tried to focus on the mats only.  Now, by shaving the accelerator pedal, plus removing the padding underneath it, installing new pedals, and a brake override system, they are making extra sure that no more mats can get stuck, AND that if for whatever reason the accelerator is going full throttle, pressing the brakes at the same time will override the accelerator. 

    There are other cases that the LA Times points to, citing possibly ambulance-chasing ‘experts’ who insist that it is an electronic gremlin, but lack reliable evidence; and yet even the latest article briefly quotes a human psychology analyst saying otherwise (he believes that majority of these ‘sudden acceleration’ cases are human error, but the drivers themselves don’t believe it or want to admit it).  While there remains a remote possibility of an electronic issue, the vast majority of safe vehicle operations in recent years, and the fact that floor mats have been implicated in ~70% of investigated cases, suggest that the newly announced remedy is a fair solution.  After it is implemented, a year or so, the statistics and incident reports will provide an indication of its efficacy.

  7. @Dan:
    aha Sorry. I kinda wanted to blurt out that Global Warming Thing.

    Anyways, I realize what you’re saying. At the same time, I feel like I’m back at my Psychology and Statistics courses with the whole thing about biases, validity, repetition, and particularly, the one I remember the most: “correlation is not causation!” aha

  8. Indeed, correlation is not causation, which is why there is need to demonstrate a direct link between possible causes and effects.  Correlating the drive-by-wire system with unintended acceleration does not show definitive cause, but investigations which find the floor mat physically wedged against the accelerator do show a probable cause—that is the ‘smoking gun’ thus far. There are reportedly a number of ways to replicate the mat issue, including not using the floor retaining hooks, using the wrong size mat, and also installing the all-weather mats over the existing factory carpet ones (which the instructions tell buyers not to do, but not everyone follows).

  9. @Dan: What’s lost in all this media coverage is that if the floor mats properly installed, there is no chance of unintended acceleration. You’re right Dan, it’s alarmist.

    It would be very easy to come across as an apologist, so I won’t get into it, but I will say that Toyota is doing the right thing with this recall.

  10. What’s that Toyota? You forgot?! <—-Weren’t Wards the very people who praised your luxury brand’s factories?