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Toyota issues US safety warning

2010 Toyota Camry sedan
The latest Toyota Camry model is one of those affected

Carmaker Toyota has warned of safety problems with floor mats on some of its US models, which may cause the accelerator pedal to stick.

The problem affects seven models of Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks in the US, where owners have been told to remove floormats on the driver's side.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Toyota would be recalling affected vehicles.

It has had reports of 100 incidents, involving 17 crashes and five deaths.

Toyota said it would be launching a safety campaign on specific Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

RECALLED MODELS
Camry sedan 2007-2010
Avalon sedan 2005-2010
Prius hybrid 2004-2009
Tacoma truck 2005-2010
Tundra truck 2007-2010
Lexus IS250 & 350 2006-2010
Lexus ES350 2007-2010

Last month, an off-duty California state trooper and three members of his family were killed when their 2009 Lexus E350 crashed in the San Diego area.

Before the crash, one of the passengers called 911 to report that the accelerator was stuck and the car had reached 120 miles per hour (193km per hour).

"Obviously the tragic accident in San Diego was certainly an eye opener for all of us and we've paid very, very diligent attention to moving forward to try to make sure none of us will be reliving that kind of a very tragic situation," said Toyota spokesman Irv Miller.

It will affect Toyota Camry sedans from 2007-2010, Toyota Avalon sedans from 2005-2010, Toyota Prius hybrids from 2004-2009, Tacoma pick-up trucks from 2005-2010, Tundra trucks from 2007-2010 and luxury Lexus models ES350 from 2007-2010 and 2006-2010 models of the IS250 and IS350.

The NHTSA said the incidents were related to factors including the use of a variety of unsecured mats, the configuration of the pedals in the affected vehicles and the procedures needed to turn off the engines in vehicles with keyless ignition.



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