Toyota mat danger

Owners of certain models of Toyota and Lexus vehicles imported into Cayman directly from the US are being advised to remove or check their driver-side floor mats.

The all-weather mats have been blamed for slipping and holding down the accelerator in some cars and the car company is expected to issue a recall.

Vampt Motor’s service manager Greg Hall said his company imported Toyotas from Japan and the alert only refers to cars for the US market.

However, he cautioned owners who had imported Toyotas from the US to remove the mats if they had any concerns, or to bring the car to his dealership to be checked.

According to Gaston Maloney, general manger of Cayman Economy Cars, Toyota had not issued a bulletin to Cayman.

‘To the best of our knowledge, we are not affected here. If our market was included, Toyota would have sent us a bulletin in that regard,’ he said.

The following models are affected: 2007 – 2010 Camry; 2005 – 2010 Avalon; 2004 – 2009 Prius; 2005 – 2010 Tacoma; and 2007 – 2010 Tundra.

‘Should the vehicle continue to accelerate rapidly after releasing the accelerator pedal, this could be an indication of floor mat interference,’ a statement from Toyota read.

The company advises that if this happens, drivers should pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the accelerator pedal; then pull over and stop the vehicle.

‘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.

‘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.’