Throughout 2009-2010, Toyota found itself squirming in the harsh light of the press—and the federal government’s crosshairs—as it struggled to answer questions of so-called “sudden acceleration” issues involving vehicles like the 2010 Toyota Sequoia full-sized SUV, the popular Toyota Camry sedan, and the Lexus ES. Floor mats, not electronics, were ultimately determined to be the cause of the issue. Toyota either removed or replaced the floormats promptly, and reshaped the nearby gas pedal. The automaker would ultimately recall over nine million vehicles worldwide and paid nearly $50 million in fines. The recall would later be drowned by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in 2011, which devastated virtually all the Japanese automakers and even domestic automakers like Ford.
Toyota just announced it is recalling two of its vehicles due to the sudden acceleration recall. The automaker will be issuing a safety recall notification in August to owners of its 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid mid-sized crossovers. Owners will be asked to bring in their vehicles to dealerships, which will then inspect them and make any necessary corrections free of charge.
More than 150,000 model year 2010 Lexus RX crossovers are expected to be involved in the recall. Owners should be receiving notifications by first class mail sometime in August. RX owners wanting information now, though, can contact Lexus at (800) 255-3987.